Do Writers Submit Different Versions to Different Editors?

Dear Which One?…

They sure do. The real question is, will you be happy with either version being published as the final book? If your answer is yes, then send each editor the version that sparked their invitation to re-submit. As writers seeking publication, we adjust our stories for editors who offer smart critiques aligning with our overall goals for the story. Sounds like you’ve got two of those nibbling at your bait. Fingers crossed that one—or both!—take the full bite.

Happy writing!
The Editor

The Editor, Deborah Halverson, has been editing books for over 25 years and specializes in Middle Grade/Young Adult fiction and nonfiction, New Adult fiction, and picture books. For her editorial guidance in making your manuscript ready for submission to agents and publishers or for self-publishing, click Editorial services.


  1. Yes, that’s a good strategy. As a picture book writer, I’ve submitted different manuscripts altogether to different agents and editors.
    The only downside is if you get a rejection from both and find yourself wonder if you had submitted the same version whether the answer would be different (it won’t, but we writers like to torture ourselves that way.)

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