This is good news! Writers need to remember when an editor likes your story (or poem or article or book) enough to spend her time editing your words, it’s a compliment. I know it’s difficult to change or shorten your story, but good editors know what a reader needs. And a good editor is always editing for the reader.
“But it’s my story,” many writers say. “I should decide what stays and what goes.” And you’re right — but be flexible. Often if a writer refuses all editorial suggestions, they come across as “difficult” and their piece of writing isn’t accepted for publication.
Therefore, every writer needs to remove their emotions from the decision-making process when it comes to editing. Both you and the editor want the same thing: readers to have access to the best possible version of your story.
As for the 3 pictures in this post — they’re possible cover photos I sent to the publisher. It will be up to her which of these, if any, she’ll use. The editors might decide to use a different cover entirely — but they’re the experts, and as an author I need to rely on their expertise. By the way — which do you prefer?