…” don’t ask “How high?” In other words, don’t slavishly follow every suggestion. Use your judgment. On the other hand, don’t, don’t, don’t tell them to sod-off — even mentally. They may have a point. Take a step back from your manuscript, take a deep breath, and then exercise your skill as a writer…
My partnership with my editor is productive only when I take her seriously while taking myself seriously at the same time.
I love her because she’s ruthless in rooting out problems, but also because she’s happy to allow me my own voice and my own idiosyncracies.
And if she’s had a glass of wine, she might even dream up an exciting plot point I hadn’t thought of. ;-)