The sanity of an good editor
If you read my last post you know I was struggling with some of my proof editor's comments about certain character names.
I took some advice from my readers (Thanks K.T, Mel, Aldrea and Angela) and I went ahead and changed them all.
Luckily I also emailed my publisher and told him of the changes, and I received a wonderful email telling me to stop the press and not change a thing.
I think it is easy to lose sight of the big picture when you have written something as long as a novel. Especially when you have had half a dozen people give you their opinion on everything from your character names to plot points. It can be tempting to give in to every demand and try and make your book everything for everyone.
But that can be a real bad idea, almost as bad as not taking any advice at all.
This is when a good editor can save your sanity. As much as they are the one who asks you to sacrifice your first born on the rocks, they can also be the hand that holds you back from the killing blow.
So now I am -- I think -- almost done. As in, the final edit, pack it up and ship it off to the printers done. I will sleep on it tonight, and give it one last look tomorrow to make sure I didn't miss anything that Word's "find replace" stuffed up. (does anyone else have trouble with bloody Word not being able to find, you know, words?)
So thank you again, dear editors everywhere, we need you more than we know.
(If you need a good book to read, Michael, my editor, is also a writer. Perhaps that is why he understood the need to let my Warlock keep his name)