The first round of revisions are called The Big Picture Edits. That's where my editor tells me what the big problems are with the manuscript. Then I fix the ones I agree with. And I ignore the ones I don't agree with. (Okay, so not really. I negotiate with him. Yeah. Negotiate.)
He highlighted four major areas to fix. Sigh. He was right about 3 of the 4. I had always known those problems were there. I was just really hoping no one noticed, because I didn't want to fix them. My editor noticed.
I've made my best first stab at getting three of the major problems better. The fourth area is... under negotiation.
Rich asked for the edits to be in by July 15th. I turned them in July 9th. Three days ago. Call me smug.
It may be a while before I hear back from him about round two. That's okay, though. I have a life to return to.