For the past few weeks, I’ve been doing a series on the publishing process, starting with the editorial letter. Today I’ve asked my writer friends if they could share their advice on how to deal with the editorial letter. I think they’ve got some great tips.
Take a moment to enjoy the positive things your editor points out, but only a moment, before you embrace the gnarly, suggestion-y guts of the thing.
Never lose sight of the fact that you and your editor both want what’s best for your book.
Drawing of Carmella created by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
I like to read an editorial letter once, all the way through, and then let it all simmer for a while; don’t jump into revisions right away.
Read it with an open mind, and don’t be afraid to voice your concerns or disagreements with your editor. Don’t act on the letter immediately. Give it a day or so to process everything!
Andrea Mack on revising for an agent says:
Think hard about what’s at the heart of an agent or editor’s recommendations, because there are many ways to accomplish the same thing and you need to be sure to find the right way for your story.
A big thanks to these writers for all their advice! For more on the publishing process, check out these links:
- The editorial letter explained.
- My tips on tackling the editorial letter.
- The editorial letter from an editor’s point of view.
Next week, I’ll be talking about line edits! Questions? Thoughts? Ideas? Feel free to share in the comment section.