I’m in the process of publishing my first book and submitted my manuscript with some trepidation. I’ve read articles where authors have fled into a blind rage because the editor dared to criticize the baby they’ve taken years to labor over. I wasn’t deluded enough to think the editor would love everything about my work, saying it was perfect, but I was worried whether my work had any merit. I’ve since received my editor evaluation and there are many things I’ve taken away, but I want to share the top three things I’ve learned.
- It’s not personal
Unless you’ve contacted your worst enemy and asked them to evaluate your manuscript the suggestions are not personal attacks on your character or your work. The editor is giving an honest and unbiased opinion of your story. They’re professionals who evaluate manuscripts for a living and probably know more about the process than you do.
- The editor is trying to help
The evaluation is a tool to help you make the best book possible. I couldn’t help agreeing with most of the proposal the editor was making, and I could see how the changes would improve the quality of my work.
- They are suggestions
If you feel so strongly against a revision, you don’t have to make the change. I know I’m repeating myself, but the editor is trying to help. Ultimately, it’s your book. Try sleeping on it and think about it rationally. Make your decision later before rejecting it altogether.
I know most of us want the whole world to read and love our books, but the sad fact is not everyone will want to read it and those who do may not like our stories. It’s a hard pill to swallow, but there you are. As authors, we share the responsibility to produce the best book that we can.
That’s it for now. If you agree, disagree or just have something to get off your chest, please leave a comment.