Edits arrived and I want to bitch-slap my editor. Why? There are sooooo many 'suggested changes' that I do NOT agree with! Kind of makes me want to thrust my last two books in her face and say 'See? THIS is how it's done!!!'
-There are so many brand names crucial to my early 80's time period, it literally made me sick to take them out and use their description. IE: Nike and Keds shoes; Izod the alligator; Cheryl Tiegs, Calvin Klein, Jordache, and Chic jeans...the list goes on. And I never realized how many times I used Mountain Dew! Wendy's. McDonalds. Pizza Hut. Olive Garden. Chi-Chi's.
-My dates in itallics. Yes, I jump around in time. Get over it. Have you never read any 'epic sagas'? Not everything has to be a minute-by-minute/day-by-day explanation!!!
-My prologue flashback. This is NOT meant to be an 'in the moment' scene! It's a FLASHBACK, written in Omniscent POV, like a glimpse into her private memories.
This is what happens when you don't have the same editor. This particular one whipped #4 into shape, and now she's trying to edit #7. Why do I need to regurgitate a scene that has already been described in books #5 and 6? There's just enough description for the reader to know; it does not need to be retold!
I'm easy to work with, seriously. And this is only the 2nd time in my 4 year publishing history that I've clashed with an editor. I don't know if she's messing with my voice or trying to tell it her way, but it's driving me crazy. And I need to get these finished so I don't have to mess with it while on vacation! Bad enough I'll be on a review tour that week....ugh! My family's going to hate me every morning.....
I just want T or A back for the rest of this book!!!