It doesn't look like the edits involve any major changes. What I have seen so far are minor catches of redundancies and just generally weak writing on my part. There are also formatting changes, such as changing so-called "smart" quotation marks with stright ones.
I am of course new to this (the last time I had to go through this was with some short stories to The Leading Edge) but it all made me think: how far would I be willing to go to meet a publisher's requests regarding edits?
The professional with whom I am working certainly seems agreeable and knowledgeable, and has assured me he does not wish to make any significant changes. But what if that were not the case? What if, in order to secure a publishing deal, I were asked to change a character or adjust the plot? How far would I go to get a book into print?
See, it's very easy to say "Never! My creation is as my child, and I would NEVER alter a whit of his/her composition!" I think there are a few factors to consider. First, the publisher's notes might indeed make the novel stronger. After all, publishers and editors do this for a living, so they know what they are doing. This is of course not to say that they know the work better, but I don't think an editor's ideas should be rejected out of hand. Second, the publisher is the one taking the financial risk. Even though the writer is the creator, the publisher should have a say as well. Third, and most practical, the publisher is holding the keys to the public. Refusing to conform to his or her demands puts the publishing of the novel at risk.
For all these reasons, my intellect tells me that it would be best to go along with the publisher's demands.
Still, something in me rebels at the idea. Even as I look at the proposed and very, very minor changes in Vale of Stars, I have to think away my initial impulse: a slight but unmistakeable feeling of indignation. I am not at all proud of that--I like to think of myself as an open and reasonable person--but I would be fooling myself to deny the feeling exists. Despite my scorn at the idea, I must admit a lingering but very real attraction to the "creator" theory.
Not that I expect to ascend the heavens during a lightning storm and bellow "It's alive...It's alive!...IT'S ALIVE!"
So, to sum up: most of me wants to look reasonably at the edits and find the truth in them. But I can't deny a small part of me is an implacable "auteur" who guards each letter and comma with the vigilance of a mother and her cubs.
Be seeing you!