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A few times over the past years, one of my critique partners/group received R&Rs for their manuscripts. The feedback from the editors was often vague and we weren't really sure what the editor was asking for.

Today I saw this post from an Entangled editor on the R&R process and thought it might give some general insight. https://chasingthecrazies.wordpress.com/2015/08/05/behind-the-curtain-the-truth-about-rrs-revise-resubmits/

I especially liked the part about if it looks like an easy fix, it isn't. Anyone want to share their experiences with this?
#1 - August 05, 2015, 08:18 AM
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Interesting link, Vonna. I'm doing an R&R right now and constantly wondering whether I'm making big enough changes.  :badidea
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One thing this post didn't address was the amount of time given for the R&R. In general, what are the time expectations for such an important revision?
#3 - August 05, 2015, 09:16 AM
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Great question. I wasn't actually given a deadline or even a suggested date to turn in the revision. I'm just trying to get it done in what I feel is a timely manner while being careful to take enough time to do a good job.

Probably, there's no big need for a deadline because there's no contract, right?
#4 - August 05, 2015, 10:30 AM
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I recently finished an R&R for a publisher who suggested a three-month deadline. The changes didn't take near that long to complete, but I waited over two moths to turn it in, because I didn't want them to think I'd rushed it. I think you have the right idea, Whizbee--take the time to do a good job and don't worry about a deadline.
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they want the best manuscript you can give them. Therefore, you have to take your time. Set it aside. Get your critique group to look at it. Give them the R&R comments and have them look again. Also, it's okay to ask questions if you feel something is too vague. An R&R tests your professionalism as well as your ability to take direction. Better to make the changes they mean than to misinterpret and give them back something completely different.
#6 - August 10, 2015, 11:56 AM
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I found the article heartening. The three points she made about when she would request an R&R made the process seem hopeful: 1) the work already has strong writing, so it's more of a polish that a rewrite, 2) it's marketable, 3) she loves it enough to put in more work than she would have to on a piece she acquired outright.

I think these points would give me the incentive to carry through with the revision, even though she later says, "Here’s the tough truth: The changes required are usually significant."
#7 - August 10, 2015, 05:55 PM
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This has been a great thread for me right now. I got an email from an associate editor at Charlesbridge for a PB I submitted in May. She had a lot to like about my story but had some concern about the plot - was hoping to see more tension. But then she invited me to resubmit it directly to her email if I did revise it. That was about a month ago and I'm about to send my revisions to my critique group. She did not give me a timeline, but I figured a 1 - 3 month timeframe seemed appropriate.

Thanks for this discussion! (This is the first time an editor invited a revision/resubmission, so it felt very, very good!) :-)
#8 - August 11, 2015, 06:17 AM
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Thank you so much for sharing this, Vonna! Excellent! :flowers2 :thankyou :like
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