Okay, by now, you know my first full-length novel is due out this September. I've chronicled a lot of the journey here on this blog.
There have been ups and downs along the way. Everything hasn't been sunshine, lollipops and puppy dogs. However, from the moment I set out to be published, I approached it as a business. I knew that I would need to be willing to accept editorial advice that I might not agree with.
Fortunately, I have been extraordinarily lucky. Both Jacky, my agent, and Tracy, my editor, give terrific advice. I trust their judgment and have been willing to go along with their suggestions.
The only real disagreement I have had was on the title of my book. I originally named it You've Been a Bad Girl. The NAL staff wanted to rename it Bad Girl. I went along with it. Tracy sensed I wasn't happy and said, "I want you to like the choice." I was absolutely honest when I said, "You all have way more experience than I have. I'm willing to trust your judgment even if it's not the title I would have picked."
Having said all that, I just read a story that made my jaw drop. A writer named James Bernard Frost has his debut novel coming out on February 21 (St. Martin's Press). Frost wasn't happy with the cover. He was so unhappy that St. Martin's did a redesign. Frost still wasn't happy. That's when he came up with the idea of hiring an artist to do a black-and-white vinyl sticker that could be slapped on top of the St. Martin's cover.
Additionally, he decided to self-publish an addendum that added back everything the St. Martin's Press editors cut out.
You can go here to order Frost's sticker cover and addendum, or just to see the original cover and Frost's vinyl cover (that you are free to color in any way you like).
I'd love to know what St. Martin's thinks about all this. Of course, you could look at it like free publicity for their book. Then, again, you might choose to look at it like writer suicide.