The first developmental edit for a book I’ve been working on arrived in the mail this past Saturday. The packaging was so clever I had to take a picture:
I read the notes (the pages you see at the top). The editor gave me mostly very good suggestions to give the book more focus (meaning I will cut out a lot), which I will incorporate. But she also made a couple comments that seem way off base, including changing the title to something that has absolutely no meaning to me or the book’s subject matter at all. What to do? If my modest budget allows, I am to make suggested cuts and revisions and return the book for a second pass. How do I do this without offending? Is this a common dilemma?
I’ve been so anxious about seeing the red pen-markups that the draft has sat all wrapped up in its bow the entire weekend. Time to dive in!