Editing Versus Changing the Story to Suit Personal Taste

Your vision for your novel becomes my objective.

I have a pet peeve when it comes to editors. I wish I could say this is rare, but too often I run across editors who change stories to fit their personal taste. Case in point, I remember a client’s issue with a high-priced editor who objected to her heroine’s moment of weakness in a romance novel because it bothered the editor’s feminist perspective. Instead of looking at the character’s actions, asking whether they made sense in the context of the story, the editor wanted it changed.

Writers in critique groups do the same thing. Rewriting passages, ignoring voice and character motivations–it happens all the time. Not that it’s difficult to understand. We bring our biases with us to the table, and it takes a conscious effort to recognize these and put them aside when it comes to the job of editing. “Be a friend to the story,” one past writing teacher said. The advice stayed with me.

My number one goal is to preserve your voice. Your vision for your novel becomes my objective.

Together we can do this!

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