Hope you all had a great weekend. I didn’t get to work today (writing day) so the little treat will have to wait until tomorrow. I’m sorry. But I just got an email from a dear friend who got me thinking about a situation we might all find ourselves in at some point (Her situation is not like this, but I just want to hear your thoughts). And since we’re talking about publishing and values and how we might best be influences of change, I’d like to propose the following “what if.”
1. You’ve finally landed your first big contract with a well-known Christian publisher. O, glorious day! (e.g. Dear God, what have I done?) You rewrite and edit and polish and finally turn in your first draft, hoping to hear your editor isn’t slitting his wrists and jumping out the window because your main character is such a shocking sinner and you’ve painted yourself into an inescapable corner.
2. You hear back pretty much what you expected: The manuscript’s great, wonderful, stupendous, but we just need to tweak this and that. M’kay, no problem, you say.
3. You start through the changes and realize your vision for this book isn’t matching. They want you to soften every edge and take out whole sections of real, earthy characterization, essential to conveying the depth of the character’s redemption at the end (exactly the places you were most worried about).
4. After a long walk with the spouse and numberous glasses of win–er, winter mint tea–you decide to dig in your heels–on half the points. The rest, you grudgingly chalk up to paying your dues on your first real book contract and vow that you’ll be stronger next time.
Good compromise, bad compromise?
A judgment call, to be sure, but everyone has to make it. What say you?