"I really value your opinion, and I'm just wondering if you might have some advice. I sent out my latest book to a few literary agents. For the first time ever I received a letter that was not a standard rejection, so I am overjoyed. She said she really enjoyed my first three chapters and would love to have another look if I work with her suggestions. Some of their suggestions I can work with, but some of them, I really disagree with. So should I make changes that I don't want to make, or stick to my guns? I don't want to be difficult, but I don't want to lose some of the things I love about my story..."
"STICK TO YOUR GUNS. This is not your agent, and you have no guarantee anything will happen with your book. Most likely not. The old publishing system is falling apart. Instead of spending time on torturing yourself and writing what you don’t want, write another book. Write a book for yourself, write what YOU know, about what YOU love, not about what someone else tells you. Please. Don’t let some stranger sway you. Or I will find out where you live and steal all your socks."