Great post, Jessica. I think it’s great with an agent who’s somebody on your work. I am blogging about the Austin SCBWI conference this week, and realtors doing edits came up in a few presentations. Editors and other agencies at the conference echoed what Nathan said. One editor said that whenever they take on a reserve, they don’t know how well a writer can revise. So, whether it’s a new writer, they prefer to have a book really close to shelf ready in the event the author isn’t a good reviser plus they have to print out the reserve as is.
Ultimately, publishing is a business, and a bad book isn’t going to make money, so there is no reason for a realtor or editor to make recommendations that will harm a book. They both want the publication to achieve success so they can make money. Both agents and editors at the conference said the revision process is a back and forth and everyone is trying to help make the best book possible. And, writers should trust their instincts.
If they don’t agree with a note given by an agent or editor, they ought to say so. Be professional, consider all the records, take what works and revise, and clarify why they don’t really agree with the notes they don’t really feel will work. Better ways can be found through the back and forth Often, but — and again ultimately, both the editors and real estate agents said this — it’s the author’s name on the reserve, so the writer has the final say. The author doesn’t have to concur, and doesn’t have to help make the change. If an writer makes changes the agent suggested, the author should trust those noticeable changes. That is why, as Nathan said, it’s so important for a writer to have the RIGHT agent, not an agent. Because they have to trust one another and see vision to eyesight.
Adrupiako and Wangoi were both involved in another Semlex deal to supply passports to Congo, as Reuters reported in April. Reuters could not determine clear the way they obtained Comoros citizenship, or what role, if any, Semlex or Lica played. Within an email to Reuters, Adrupiako said he held no citizenship or nationality other than his Congolese one, and that he previously filed a formal never, written obtain other citizenship.
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However, Adrupiako said he do get an unsolicited Comoros passport in his name in December 2015 after holding talks with a consultant of the united states over the potential tourism task between Congo and Comoros. Adrupiako said he sent the passport back again. Wangoi didn’t respond to an emailed request for comment and could not be contacted by telephone.
A Comoros presidential decree also demonstrates in July 2015 a guy called Hamid Reza Malakotipour was granted Comoros citizenship. Malakotipour was sanctioned in 2014 by america, which alleged he held an Iranian passport and experienced helped to provide equipment to causes of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in Syria.
Reuters was unable to establish how Malakotipour obtained Comoros citizenship or whether he acquired it through Lica or Semlex. Reuters was struggling to contact Malakotipour and may find no open public response from him to being sanctioned. Mahan Air, the airline for which Malakotipour was working when he was sanctioned, dropped to comment.