Wow. Just ... wow.
And though I am devoted to my editor, I always had mixed feelings about this process of receiving her comments and responding to them.
After the publication of the The Queen of the Damned, I requested of my editor that she not give me anymore comments. I resolved to hand in the manuscripts when they were finished. And asked that she accept them as they were. She was very reluctant, feeling that her input had value, but she agreed to my wishes. I asked this due to my highly critical relationship with my work and my intense evolutionary work on every sentence in the work, my feeling for the rhythm of the phrase and the unfolding of the plot and the character development. I felt that I could not bring to perfection what I saw unless I did it alone. In othe words, what I had to offer had to be offered in isolation. So all novels published after The Queen of the Damned were written by me in this pure fashion, my editor thereafter functioning as my mentor and guardian.
I am perfect. I need no editor.
Well, if she keeps selling as she does, there must be some truth to it. I'd heard that once authors "made it," they stopped being edited, or at least edited so much. Now I hear that it is true. At least for one.