Recently, I received the editorial comments on my soon-to-be published short story. The story itself is 8,000 words, so it’s not really that “short,” but it still qualifies, I guess. Anyway, for the most part, the edits are very minor … word choice and such. However, one change is quite extensive and will mean I have to add around 300 words to the story count. Considering that the limit is 8,000 and I am already at exactly 8,000 (how good am I?), I’m more than a little frustrated at adding the scene. I don’t mind the scene, per se, but now I have to cut somewhere else. And I like everything in the story or I wouldn’t have put it in!
Can’t someone explain to the editors that my every word is pure gold?
Well then, as my exercise boot camp instructor says, I’m just going to have to “suck it up, buttercup.”