For three days after receiving their emails, I was flummoxed. Whereas one editor loved the pranks in the first three chapters, the other editor wanted them to be toned down. One of my CP’s had urged me to write really evil pranks. And evil little me had gone berserk and did just that.
I had no idea how to go about doing the revisions. All of you wonderful people gave me some amazing advice through the comments. I appreciate everyone’s concern and advice. I not just heard the advice but also followed it up.
I have managed to revise the first 3 chapters by just following my heart. I walked where my gut led me. Yes, it was sheer torture to rewrite the first chapter as I had laboured over it for ages. With a heavy feeling in my heart I had to let go off all the funky pranks I had created. Let me tell you that I had fun creating the milder pranks. They made me laugh and laugh.
I have no idea whether the revisions will go down well with the two editors. I will leave aside the first few chapters for two days, read them over and over again later and then resend them to the two editors sometime next week.
Though I felt bad that one of the editors wanted me to go gentle on the pranks, I also got her point completely. In the past few days in India, there have been heavy protests by people on all kinds of issues: movies, books, paintings, twitter comments and sound bites voiced by celebrities. Things are getting banned like crazy. I would be heart-broken if my book gets banned, because parents or teachers find something offensive in it.
Have you ever feared your books getting banned because readers find something offensive in it? Does fear of a backlash makes you go easy on your writing? What’s your take on banning books? Please share your views.