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Melinda Smith
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  • Rochester, NY
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Pursuing the Publishing community

Started this discussion. Last reply by Raymond Cook Nov 27, 2017. 1 Reply

Last year I had my first book picked up. The editor was negative and condescending and wanted me to change every element of my story including the characters. The deal fell thru and I lost my passion…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Elania Gloria Aug 5, 2020. 6 Replies

Hi everyone. My name is Melinda Smith but everyone calls me Mindy. I live in upstate New York where I was a property manager until about 6 years ago when I started writing seriously. Now I'm a part…Continue

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Publishing nightmare

Posted on November 27, 2015 at 10:26am 0 Comments

My first book was picked up last year and I had to agree to a few minor 'tweaks." My editor did a lot of critiquing but never in a constructive way. She made me change both of my  main characters' personalities because she didn't like them. And when I told her I no longer recognized the story as my own she told me she only liked the concept and to have it in print I had to completely reconstruct the manuscript.

I did contact a few authors before pulling out from the deal because this…


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