Friday, February 22, 2008
I cannot wait until the end of April. I've been maintaining radio silence for the past few weeks because I am overwhelmed with work, and when I'm not working, I'm overwhelmed with being overwhelmed. The thought of collecting some thoughts and actually blogging is enough to make me cry with frustration, so I spent two weeks trying to avoid blogs altogether (though Vivien won't let me completely ignore our blog).
But an issue presented itself today, and I have thoughts. Vivien recently sold a novella to Big Time Publisher. This is her first sale there, and I don't have anything with this publisher. She received her edits today, and now I'm wondering if I even want to submit to Big Time Publisher. I think one of their requests was unreasonable to the point of being insane.
I hate this issue. I don't want to be one of those people who take offense to editors because they're destroying my vision. Mostly my vision consists of hot sex, I won't deny it. But I try to keep my hot sex within certain boundaries of stories and style, and most importantly, I want it to make sense. Sometimes that means my characters won't have sex for a long time, until the time is right. All I ask from an Editor is to respect that. I want my characters to behave consistently within their world and within their relationship--context matters.
But the request Vivien received disregards characterization, it disregards context, it disregards the logic of the universe. And that really makes me uncomfortable. It makes me wonder if it's just a minor compromise and if we want the sales/recognition, we bite the bullet and deal with it. Or is this something that's worth standing my ground on, and dealing with the consequences--which are, at this point, simply never having any sort of publishing relationship with this particular publisher.
Anybody ever face a similar dilemma? Any thoughts?