Editors are Editing!

So to my surprise, the editors are still talking to me 🙂

One said “this only needs light editing.” That made me happy- maybe I am a writer 😉

Now let’s address the whole idea of people taking your work (your baby?) and changing it.  I knew it had to happen,  that’s what the editing process is.  I have experience with this- my technical editors have done a lot of changing and “fix this” or “you can’t say it that way”, but it’s still hard.  I remember my first critical read when other authors told me to change the format.  I was so enthralled with my “unique”  format I didn’t want to change it at first, until I realized that their critiques were right— it was so “unique” it might be hard to read, hard to publish.

Do other writers feel this way, hard to give up their baby? Hard to hear the criticisms?  My friend, a published author says “it’s your baby, it’s perfect! Of course you don’t want to change it.”  She’s a published author so obviously she has gotten used to her babies being criticized.  It’s still hard.

Feel free to comment about your babies and criticisms in the comments.

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1 Comment

  1. I suppose the conflict lies the in way author and publisher see a piece of writing — to the author it’s a “baby”, an artwork, but to a publisher it needs to be (and it usually is) treated as a product…… Oh well.
    BTW I’ve enjoyed many of your posts here and look forward to reading your next! 🙂
    Feel free to check out my writing about publishing: publishinginsights.org
    Sherry

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