With eighteen releases and soon-to-be releases, I have certainly jumped through many editing hoops of my own and from publishers.
Going to state right off I will not be mentioning any names or mention any pubs in particular. I will be speaking in generalities.
I will also confess I am not the most skilled writer when it comes to grammar, punctuation and hanging modifiers and body parts moving independently etc...I could go on.
My strengths? Plotting. Character development. Looking back over my edits even the most intense ones, no one ever changed my plot or ask me to change my character's motivation. That's a good thing. I may have been asked to expand on a few points, but nothing has ever been cut or changed. I take pride in that. Or maybe I have been lucky.
I am stunned how different editing styles are from one publisher to another and from one editor to another even within the same publishing house. A few edits I received were far too light, some nit-picky to the extreme. But I will say this, I have learned from them all.
The most important thing I learned? Like promo, you have to take the bull by the horns yourself. I have learned to become my own self-editor and critical eye. Does a publisher give you two weeks to complete edits? TAKE THE TWO WEEKS. Go line-by-line. No one is perfect, not even you.
I have read Avon romances with errors. It happens. As The Human League sings, 'We're only human, born to make mistakes...'
The more you edit your own work and work on the edits from editors, a pattern will emerge of your writing weaknesses. Keep these in mind when you self-edit. Also, sometimes an editor's comments can seem terse. Ignore them and don't answer back in kind. Remember you do not have to accept everything an editor suggests. If the relationship between you and an editor deteriorates enough that you are both about to enter a mud-wrestling ring, this might be a good time to bring in someone from the publisher to act as mediator.
In all these edits I only had to contact the publisher once. Turns out I was not the only author with issues with this particular editor. The Pub handled it in a professional manner and I was assigned someone else.
Edits are not fun. Someone who has a sensitive nature may cringe and feel like curling up in a fetal position when you see a manuscript highlighted like a Christmas tree. Remember to take it slow. This is your story, your (pen)name is on the cover, so take the time to go through your manuscript carefully. Do not take anything personally (hard, I know) and do not be afraid to raise points and questions, but keep it professional.
Not every publisher has three rounds of edits, so make the first one count. It may be your only one.
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