Several weeks ago the folks at Realms (an imprint of Strang Communication) asked to see the full manuscript of my suspense novel, The Hunted. Since then I’ve been perched on the edge of my seat, gnawing away at my fingernails, waiting while they circulated the manuscript through their editorial department and put together a proposal. Yesterday I got an email from the acquisitions editor with a list of suggestions for changes they would want me to consider making if we went to contract. Some of them I agreed with, some I wasn’t thrilled about. What to do?
What am I going to do? Swallow my pride. They know their readers and the industry better than I do. As long as the changes don’t ask me to comprimise the heart or intent of the story (which they don’t) I can live with them. As a writer we have to be willing to give and be flexible. Sure, our story is our story and we write it how we want it, but let’s face it, none of us is perfect. There’s always room for improvement. I’m confident that whether I the changes they propose are fully necessary or not, the story will evolve from the process stronger than when it entered it.