Seven Sensible Steps to Success as a Writer
Step seven (continued) Ninety-five percent
As a general rule, I try to give my editors ninety-five per cent of what they ask for when it comes to changing my manuscripts.
This is not necessarily because I think they're right most of the time … although often they are, and there are many ways to express a thought correctly in the English language. That’s what makes our mother tongue so generous and flexible a tool for the writer of books.
No. The principal reason behind my ninety-five per cent practice is to keep my editors happy in order to protect the five per cent that I really wish to retain.
It’s a political ploy, if you like. A trade off.
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