As I’ve discussed earlier, managing the emotional side to revisions can be a tough job. How do you face all of those red marks (purple in my case) without feeling like you’ve failed your editor and potentially your readers?
I had this exact discussion with a client the other day and I told her to please keep requiring revisions. Without them I would not only be out of a job, but I would miss doing one of the things I love most, and that’s having a hand in the creation of a fabulous book.
Revisions can be difficult and extremely time-consuming for both author and editor/agent, but for both the final product is no doubt incredibly rewarding. There’s such joy in receiving a revised manuscript from an author, knowing you pushed her to her absolute limit, and she was able to go there, and even farther. That the two of you, together, took a germ of an idea and created something that now makes your breath catch it’s so exciting.
The amount of revising you do will change with every book. Some will flow from the keyboard with ease and come off almost perfect. Others are a struggle from beginning to end and could require multiple rounds. Whichever it is, neither is a failure for the author. It’s the final product we look to and with enough work and perseverance we are all working to make that the success.