My assigned editor not only read the manuscript, did a line by edit, but also contributed to making concrete suggestions to meet some of the needs of the content changes. She was very clear about following my writing style; the style used in this book. While I accepted some of her ideas, her suggestions also gave me a diving off point for my own rewrites.
There is nothing she suggested that changed the book in a way I might find offensive or off-topic. Instead, I found her assistance invaluable in raising my story to a much higher level.
Many of you know, I augmented the ending from the original piece. It took a while for me to truly give this option/suggestion some focused thought. After reading the rationale for the change, I finally came to the conclusion that the editor’s perception of the journey for the main character, as a reader, would come to a much more satisfying end if I made some significant changes.
After completing the second round of edits I am now awaiting the final approval of the story and receiving the galleys when they are ready for review. I must admit, I’m a bit nervous as I haven’t heard back since I submitted what will hopefully be the final changes. I can definitely understand why the analogy between writing a book is akin to awaiting the birth of child. I’m almost as anxious now as I was during the ninth month of pregnancy.