What to do when an editor requests you change the ending of the story?
This happened to me when choosing stories for a themed anthology. The basic premise of the story fit the theme well enough to keep it in the running to the final cut. But the ending veered off in an entirely different direction.
The author would not budge. He loved that ending. To him the ending was the whole point of the story.
Would he reconsider rewriting the front of the piece to match the ending? NO, no, no, no.
In the end the editorial staff ended up rejecting the story. The end not only did not fit the premise, it jerked the story away from the theme of the anthology as a whole.
As an editor I can see the logic of the rejection.
As an author I applaud the author for sticking to his guns. The author must stay true to his vision of what the story is about. Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. I’m sure the story will find another home. It was well written, and it made a point. Just not the one the editors were looking for.
Please remember that rejections are for the work, not for you personally. Rejection may simply be not the best fit instead of not the best story.