I got notes back from my editors concerning my new novel, Untimed. This is the least stressful batch I’ve ever received. Not only are there relatively few changes, but I agree with all the big ones. Granted, this was the third draft they gave notes on, so we changed a lot of things earlier, but it’s good to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s been 48 hours and I’m already through the first 25% and I’ll be done by mid-week for sure, then it’s time for another full read and polish (by me) and the line edit (by them and by me).
Suggestions for big changes, particularly big cuts, are a bit like losing a loved one. You have to progress through the stages of grief:
Denial – I won’t really have to do it. Those notes are for someone else’s book.
Anger – They don’t really understand what I was intending!
Bargaining – Maybe if I only do this or that, they’ll “let me” keep most of it. NOTE: Really the author has the power, but when an editor is good, they’re usually right.
Depression – This is going to be so much work! And I loved that stuff!
Acceptance – In the end, it’ll be a better book.
This particular batch of notes only puts a couple tiny babies on the butcher’s block. Not even whole sections of the plot, just a few little scenes or ideas. Not too bad.
Back to work.