You toil for years over your story. It’s very intricate. It’s brilliant
(I can say this because it’s not mine. This just happened to a friend of mine Friday)
Your story is a three-part series. Every facet of book one is important to the next two novels, and they are all completely written (at least in draft form)
You send it out, rejection here, rejection there, partial here, partial there, rejection, and then BAM! A request for a Full Manuscript from an indie publisher. The only chink is that they think it is too long, so you need to cut 25,000 words out of it before they will even consider you, and you only have two weeks to do it. You toil and toil. You edit till you drop. Your beta partner reads madly right behind you watching for little plot chinks that don’t work. Coffee if your friend. Sleep is optional, but you do it. You make your deadline. (And I have to admit, the final draft minus the 25,000 words is AWESOME)
You wait and wait, and after a few weeks, you get a response. They are interested. They just want you to change one little thing that they don’t like. The problem is that one little thing is extremely important to the next two novels. They said if she’s willing to change that, they’d read the revised version, and prepare to move forward.
UGH! I sat on the phone with her for an hour and a half trudging through how to make it work… how to take this one facet out, or how to work around it. A week ago, she was talking about how many of her friends changed their stories drastically just to get published. Now here she is in the same boat.
I’m wondering what I’d do. Little changes everyone expects to make… but something drastic enough to affect your entire series?
Positive energy SHOOTING your way, Buddy! I hope you make the right decision, whatever that is!