Beyond Antares wrote:
That's interesting (genuinely), but I was wondering more about the content or quality of the writing. If a famous author is writing something that the publisher isn't pleased with, how much power does it have to control his/her work? Do they even dare object or suggest? Do you know what I mean?
Honestly, there's no one-size-fits-all answer to that. Naturally, big name authors have more clout than less profitable authors, but how the editing process works is going to depend on the individual issues and personalities involved. Sometimes authors and publishers are on the same page, sometime they have creative differences. How these are resolved is going to vary on a case-by-case basis.
(And, of course, Robert Jordan was married to his editor, so that's a very special case!)
In my experience, some big name authors are more open to constructive criticism than others . . . but, really, that applies to first-time novelists and mid-listers as well!