As a writer, you know that working with an editor can be a crucial part of the writing process. Editors can offer valuable feedback and suggestions that can help improve your work. But at the same time, it’s important to remember that you are the author, and ultimately, it’s your book. So how do you know when to take an editor’s advice, and when to ignore it?
Trust your instincts
As the author, you know your book better than anyone. If something doesn’t feel right to you, trust your instincts and consider whether the editor’s suggestion is something you want to pursue.
Consider the editor’s experience
Editors have a wealth of experience working with a variety of writing styles and genres. If an editor is making a suggestion that goes against your instincts, consider their experience and whether their suggestion might be worth exploring.
Communicate with your editor
If you’re unsure about an editor’s suggestion, don’t be afraid to communicate with them and ask for more information or clarification. They might be able to provide context or insights that can help you make a decision.
Seek outside opinions
If you’re still unsure about an editor’s suggestion, consider seeking outside opinions from trusted friends, writing groups, or beta readers. Their feedback can help you get a fresh perspective and make a decision.
Remember, it’s your book
Ultimately, it’s your book, and you have the final say on what goes into it. Don’t be afraid to stand your ground if you feel strongly about something, and don’t be afraid to seek outside opinions if you’re unsure.
So there you have it – a few tips for knowing when to take an editor’s advice, and when to ignore it. Remember, working with an editor can be a valuable part of the writing process, but it’s important to trust your instincts and make decisions that are best for your book.
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