As my characters do from time to time in stories, I let out a breath I didn't know I was holding.
In addition, she streamlined the blurbs for publicity.
I spent several hours completing the corrections and have already returned the manuscript for the final stages of production. It looks like January 28th is still in the cards!
In the body of the email, the EIC assured me that her suggestions are just that -- suggestions. Unless it's ridiculous or blatantly incorrect, it looks like the author still IS the author.
To say I'm feeling relieved and renewed would be an understatement!