Here’s the hotel and the chalet where we stayed; the other photo is me hard at work…now that’s desperation. Er, dedication.
My agent and my editor both want changes to The Song of the Shiver Barrens. Which means I am going to be flat out for the next month. Don’t expect too much civility from me for a while…I have a deadline. They call ’em that for a reason – ultimately, if you don’t meet the final one, you’re dead.
This is actually a new process for me. Usually my MSS are accepted with a minimum of changes, so I have been spoiled. But this book suffered from being written in too short a time.
For the curious – how much notice does an author tale of editorial suggestions?
Answer: a lot, if you are wise. They know a lot more than you do about what appeals and what doesn’t work, believe me.
What if you don’t agree?
You discuss it. And you listen. Hard. Ultimately, if you already have a contract, your decision will be the final say, and what you write will be published. An author can’t – or shouldn’t – compromise their integrity, that I do believe, but I also believe that an author who won’t at least listen and think about requested changes is an idiot.
I have usually found this: when an editor says something needs changing, they are probably right. However, when they suggest HOW it should be changed, they don’t necessarily proffer the best solution. You are the writer; solutions are your job.
And right now, I’m hunting solutions. So if I don’t write over much on the blog, or don’t comment on the comments, you’ll know why – but never fear; I always read everything everyone says, and I appreciate the time you all take to say stuff.