I’ve been working on revisions of my first novel, a romantic suspense, requested by an editor of a small press. I’ve got no problem with the revisions requested; in fact, I was excited to make the changes, as I wholeheartedly agreed with them. I’m finished with the revisions and have turned them in, and I should know by Dec 20th whether or not I have myself a contract.
But I wanted to share this experience with everyone: My voice changed! It had been a while since I even opened this manuscript to look at it. Since then, I’ve been working on my new YA paranormal (no fangs, claws, or wings, thankyouverymuch!) and I’m writing it in present tense teen-voice. So when I went back to make the revisions on my adult romance (where the main character is a doctor) I felt like a stranger in this world I’d created. Seriously, I felt it would be easier to cram into my nine-year-old’s tights than re-create the original voice of the manuscript.
Plus, I kept writing it in present tense, no matter how many glasses of wine I drank. In the end, it took me and my critique partner combing through the manuscript as if looking for present-tense lice. When we both agreed it was good, I submitted it.
Is it good enough? I don’t know. Am I nervous? You bet your sweet aspercreme I am! Still, we all know that writing is re-writing. Revisions are to be expected. And I’m thankful to have added “Revision Request” to my writing experience, even if I’m not offered a contract.
My question to you: Have you ever disagreed with a revision request and why?