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February 08, 2014


Canadian Apprentice

Having had my latest thriller manuscript edited by an independent editor who was both very experienced and quite ruthless, I think I know what you mean. The thought of having to go through that again (all the rewriting) is scary -- but I'd still submit it to you if I could!

Lexi Revellian

This reads to me like an argument for self-publishing.

A traditionally-published author is forced to make changes she is not comfortable with, risks a 'highly misguided' person tampering with her novel, and is obliged to accept Procrustean modifications in order to fit within established genres.

Added to which she will hand over her rights until seventy years after her death, though her book will only be on book store shelves for a few months, in exchange for a modest advance and a 6% or 8% royalty.

It's fortunate for publishers there are still plenty of starry-eyed writers around like Canadian Apprentice, willing to be exploited, happy to be the only people in publishing who do not make a living wage.

Jack Getze

The best edits always feel like they're tearing you up -- probably because they ARE. The editor discovered something seriously wrong with your work. I remember calling one on the telephone, telling her she'd missed the whole concept of my novel. We talked; I read her comments at a later time (always good advice) and finally admitted she was right -- the whle story was going to be better. I feel sorry for people who never take advice or consider editor's comments. They're not the writers they could be.

I do worry about one thing in your column. It sounds like your whole concept of editing success is a starred review. Who says the reviewer knows what's good? I've read some terrible ones.

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