I’ve had the privilege of working with four editors since I sold my first erotic romance in 2006. My first editor bought my first four books. During the editing process on book four, I was reassigned to my second editor who contracted my fifth book. Which was then assigned to a third editor who worked us both to ensure the language fit the time period. But that was a one-book, one-time cooperation. Finally I was assigned to an editor who rejected four or five submissions and I almost decided my writing career was done. But my latest editor kept giving me really valuable feedback and I kept revising and resubmitting and revising… Anyway, four sets of revisions later, we reached an accord.
It took fifteen years to sell my first novel; almost a year to sell my sixth. Which proves perseverance—on both the writer and editor’s part—pays off. So hang in, hang out, hang on. Good things happen when you keep trying.