With all my wonderful crit partners and beta readers, I digested their input and suggestions and tried to decide which things would make my stories better, even if sometimes I didn't agree at first. Then I made the changes I wanted.
In the end, it was still my vision, still totally up to me.
Then came editorial input from my agent, requested edits from prospective editors, and now from
my publisher's editor. These are different animals altogether. I've been lucky enough to have input and say during these processes, but now some of the final decisions aren't just mine.
(this logo is from a website, BTW)
The reality is, it takes a shared vision to publish a book with a publisher.
This is for the best. I have confidence in those I'm working with and believe that the final product will be better for it, but it's still hard to give up total control of the vision.
What about you? Been through this yet? Dreading/looking forward to it in the future?