Aww, don't go. Hang in here. I do have some wisdom to share.
First, I want you to see this cartoon. I first saw it on Facebook and then I tried to hunt down the original. Click here to see all of the sites using it. Then DUH! I realized the copyright was written on the top left. So I feel it's only right to include a link to BusinessDay. I couldn't find the article to match, but anyway, doesn't the cartoon make a great point?
How often have you tried to make everyone happy with your writing? Oh, yes, you have. And you probably gotten a headache from it.
So what should we do? Yes. Please ourselves. Remember, we're talking about writing.
Sure, you might have to make a few changes to keep your editor happy, but we know they are looking at the market. They want your book to be a best seller. That's how you and the publisher will make beaucoup (spelled boo-coo by us Southerners) of money. It's easy to accept the changes when you trust and adore your editor.
Of course, there will be times you don't want to change a scene or plot point. Then explain how you feel about it and give a good logical, level-headed reason. Remember to be willing to compromise. BUT, if she/he makes so many changes that you feel your story has become lost in shuffle, then it may be time to suggest another storyline.
We're all readers first.
Keep that in mind the next time a contest judge or critique partner tells you, "That will never sell." You liked it, right? That's why you wrote it. So someone else will too.
I'm curious. Surely, you've read a book out of your comfort zone that you ended up loving. What was that book and tell us the part that was different to you? The book for me was OUTLANDER. I normally cannot stand time travel. Technically, I didn't read it, but listened to the audio. It was awesome.
Carla Swafford loves romance novels, action/adventure movies and men, and her books reflect that. She currently has three romantic suspense novels with Avon Red and recently sold a hot motorcycle club series to Loveswept. The first book, BURNOUT, is scheduled to be released February 2016. She's married to her high school sweetheart and lives in Alabama.
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Time Magazine, [Circle of Danger] ". . . involves deadly assassins, drug lords and doing it."
Be on the look out for giveaways the month of February in celebration of her new novella release, CIRCLE OF DEFIANCE (February 28, 2015 on Amazon. Then end of March elsewhere).