Deciphering Editor Extraordinaire

A fabulous editor at a top-notch house invited one of my crit buddies to revise and resubmit a picture book manuscript. Yeah!! Tonight we evaluated her revision in light of the editor’s comments. It’s a beautifully, rich story. But here’s the problem. The editor’s early comments seemed to completely contradict her later comments. We discussed. We speculated. We played out 7-8 scenarios, but in the end, we were all fairly stumped by the revision suggestions. So what’s a writer to do? Especially when this baby may only have one more chance to dance for editor extraordinaire. Should my crit buddy dare to e-mail a clarification question? What do you think?

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