Yesterday I took the first page of my novel and edited it along the suggestions of a professional editor. (The editor had done a small sample.)
Then I printed it out.
I also printed out the first page without the edits.
I gave both to my husband and asked him which one he liked better. He firmly pointed to the original. He considered it truer to the story.
So now I wonder:
Am I done?
Can I send it as is?
That is at once a liberating and scary thought.
I also look for other explanations for this turn of events.
Maybe he only liked the original better, because he knows me and has a much deeper insight into the story than the occasional reader?
Maybe the editor got the wrong ideas in editing, because the original was too vague and could be interpreted in different ways?
Maybe I need an editor, but not this particular one?
I have no idea.
I’m just sitting here, wondering if I am really done.