Q. Being edited is hard. How do you cope with it?
Cait Spivey: As a freelance editor myself, I’m in a good position to understand the other side. That doesn’t necessarily make it easier to take criticism, though. The best thing for me to do is read the notes through, step away, and then come back to them later. Indulge in your indignation (if any–I’ve had many authors love my notes immediately, and I’ve definitely had good brainsparks from notes right away), but do it privately, with yourself or perhaps a trustworthy non-industry close friend/spouse/relation. I almost always find that taking space to be annoyed, get it out of my system, helps me see the editor’s point of view when I come back.
And sometimes, there will be things I disagree with and don’t want to change. When that happens, I (calmly, respectfully) ask my editor to elaborate their reasoning a little more, or explain my motivation for whatever is being critiqued, a character moment, a subplot, whatever. So far, it’s always led to a happy solution, and some really good discussions.
Cait Spivey is a speculative fiction writer, author of the YA paranormal romance novella *I See the Web* and its sequel *A Single Thread*. She is also a freelance editor, on staff for Curiosity Quills Press and REUTS Publications, as well as a managing member of Bear and Black Dog Editing, LLC. In her spare time, she plans her next tattoo (there will always be a next tattoo), watches too much Netflix, and spends quality time with her darling husband Matt and completely adorable dog Jay. The rest of her time is devoted to her tireless quest to make America read more.