I'm finishing up an R&R for an agent at the moment and she's instructed me to include a letter with all changes upon resubmitting. In theory, that seems easy enough. Sitting down to write it, however, brought up a few questions (and my apologies if you've covered this before).
First, should I list them off as bullet points? Second, how much information should I include about the changes?
Some of the changes are easily covered with bullet points (name changes, character she wanted dead dies on page 174, etc.). Some changes are not (softening of a character's worst personality trait over time, change in the antagonist, again, over time).
Any advice on how best to approach these emails? Any preferences you've noticed over the years?
I want to be as open as possible without providing an avalanche of information (particularly when they'll be reading the book and will see most of it for themselves).
This is a toughie for me because I ask for just the opposite: revise, then remove all evidence. Send me the cleanest ms you can. I want to read with fresh eyes, and have as close to a reader's experience as possible.
My guess here is she wants to be more efficient, and make sure you made the changes you needed.
To that end, I would ask her: are bullet points for changes like characters names/characters deaths ok, with narrative for those more abstract revisions (softening the character's worst personality trait.)?
If you don't want to ask her (and I know you woodland creatures are always hesitant about that) I would do the bullet points/narrative mix.
And I would include something in the email that says "if this format doesn't work for what you need, I'm happy to take another whack at it."