I took on a fairly huge chapter today (it runs 50 printed pages double-spaced) which has been in pretty good shape through the whole process. It was part of the initial proposal, which means in some form I’ve had years to work on this.
Anyway, I run through it really quickly, happy that it’s largely light work with a little tweaking, addition, and subtraction. I get to the end and there’s a note that the chapter runs too long (which it does). My editor would like to see 5-7 pages trimmed (and gave some really good advice on how to get there).
I started at the note for a good minute, not really believing I’d just read that. And then I started the second pass, cutting for length.