This happened about fifteen years ago when I was just starting as a copy editor. I was working for a client who helped people publish their books. The idea of the book was quite interesting: a self-help personal empowerment book based on iconic American movies. There were two co-authors involved in the project. I was excited at the prospect of working on it and quickly got to it.
After I submitted my edit of the first chapter, one of the co-authors told me that she had decided that she wanted the book to be inclusive and that I was to change the entire text to “we”! This is absolutely not feasible for an entire self-help book! How would we differentiate when the authors were addressing their readers to when they were sharing their teachings/info?
I tried to explain this to her but she insisted and then went on to berate me for my choice of words in one of the sentences… a sentence I had not touched. I started to have doubts!
Imagine my relief when, a week later, my client told me she had dropped the pair as clients because “the woman was impossible to work with.” I am quite sure this book was never published.