I’ve been editing my YA novel, based on a few agents’ suggestions. I have incorporated some of their suggestions but I have constantly been asking myself, “How true do I stay to my own unique writing style? How much do I alter?”
Sure, I want to get published so some will say, “Do whatever you have to do in order to please people.” Don’t get me wrong, I’m trying to please. Yet, I don’t want to gut my novel so much that readers miss the subtleties in the characters. I still want it to be my work.
There’s a limit to how much I’ll do. Now, once I get signed and a professional editor reviews my work, they can change whatever they want to (grammatically speaking). But, for me, it pains me when I make a change I don’t believe is pertinent to the story so I avoid those at all costs. I’m just too close to my work.
So, I’ll do what I can and then be satisfied, hoping a professional can add the sizzle after wards.
Any other thoughts?