I was invited to submit an article for an upcoming book, a collection of stories focused on the topic of joy.
In this world of negativity, selfishness, and public media reporting on stories that stir up drama, I was honored to be selected as a contributing author. However, as with all articles of submission, the option for editing my story was highly suggested. The coordinators wanted each story to be well-written.
An email notification arrived a few weeks after the deadline. The instructions were clear – editing would be required for all submissions.
I was unsure at first because this was “my story” – why would I have someone potentially change “my” words at all? Would it change the intent of my story? Would my voice be changed by an unknown editor?
Then my cellphone notified me of an incoming call. It was the editor…