Every author living knows that sinking feeling. The publisher / editor / agent says, ‘It’s very good but could you just change...’ The words that follow range from ‘beginning, middle and end’ to ‘a few words’.
In my case, it was the agent. The beginning and end were fine, but could I change the middle? Oh, and cut it down a bit. Of course, no problem. Edits don’t faze me these days. Please cut it by...
30,000 words! I know people who write whole books that have fewer than 30,000 words in them from start to finish. Deep breath. These guys know what they’re talking about, don’t they? Click the heels, smart salute. ‘Thirty thousand words? No problem. Consider it done.’
And it is. Done, dusted and shrunk. And off it’s gone into the stormy waters of 21st century publishing to look for a 21st century publisher.