Friday, February 1, 2013
How to handle different feedbacks?
In the last three days I have received an avalanche of feedback: from editors of publishing houses in India and my crit partner, regarding a manuscript I had practically stopped querying. Each feedback is not just different from the other, it’s also contradictory.
Each editor would like me to make a few changes. I know it’s a good sign and that I should be jumping with joy and not cribbing. And the editors would like me to make those changes and get back to them. I am okay with those changes, but the thought running around my mind is that what one editor likes the other editor has problems with that.
We all know that feedbacks are subjective, but in this case, I am caught in a pool of quicksand of different feedback. I am wondering how other writers who have several crit partners (I have two) and who get feedback and revision notes from many agents handle this.
I know deep down in my heart that I am going to make only those changes that suit my story and match my sensibilities. I am not going to rush the changes as I have not signed any contract yet. So, I have asked both the editors for a few days. The good thing is that they like the story, actually they say its good.
I would like to know how you all handle multiple feedback? Which suggestions do you incorporate in your manuscript and which suggestions for revisions you turn down. What do you all do when you get several different feedbacks? Any advice and suggestions are going to be grabbed by me. So please share your views.