The editor from Cohesion emailed me her suggestions and changes for "Snaked."
See, this has never really happened before, even back with my mass market fantasies. The publishers usually just take my manuscript and print it, with at most a little copy-editing. I was beginning to wonder if editors really ever did that kind of stuff anymore.
So AJ wants the sequence changed a little, and more snakes, snakes, snakes.
I'm going to try to be easy-going about this. Not make a big deal out of it, but just enter into it with an open mind. Just follow instructions. If I run into anything I disagree with, try to communicate it and find a solution.
I've never had much of a problem accepting word and punctuation changes, but this is the first time that I've ever had to mess with the actual structure of the book (except on my own initiative). Structural changes for me are always dangerous. To me, a book is like a jenga tower--take out one piece or insert one piece and the whole thing can fall apart.
Plus, if I work over the same area too much I begin to lose focus (and enjoyment) of the story.
But all the suggestions AJ has made so far are legitimate and I can see how they'll make the book better, and making the book better is the point, right?
This is probably my best book. Making it better may take it up a notch.
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