I’ve heard a lot of noise about publishers and editors knowing what sells and what don’t sell. My question is this: who is writing the story you or the publisher/editor? Don’t anyone see that when the writer changes their story to suit the publisher/editor that the story no longer is theirs? Sure I know what you’re going to say: But they know what sells and I want to sell my stories. OR You can’t get published without changing what they want you to change.
All of this may be true and I have done a lot of changing in my various stories to suit other people and most of the time the story sounds better. I guess this has to be for an amateur writer and probably is the best for the amateur as they are learning. However, does this process turn the story into one by the publisher instead of by the author? Another question: How can the publisher/editor know for a fact that the author’s writings won’t sell or be accepted out there by the public in the state they are in in the final draft?
I guess it’s just one of those things a person can’t fight because there’s no way to win the battle.