Update: so, I posted earlier that I sold a story I wrote. The client liked my outline, asked for the whole story. HOWEVER, when she read the beginning of the tale, she replied that it's not working for her because it does not 'flow'. She also said I focused on a minor character in the beginning, but she only reviewed approximately 2000 words. (That minor character has some information about a mysterious haunted mirror.) I've already changed the ending to accommodate her wishes and now it looks like I have to figure out what to do to help the story 'flow'.
The thing that is difficult for me, I'm unable to know what she is seeing in her mind as she is reading my words. I agreed to work on a rewrite and I'm glad I didn't submit the full story, or rework the points she had me change. But I'm also sitting here thinking I don't know what elements are right and where I should go.
I'm really just venting. I'm going to get some food and then tackle the job, but aaarrrgh! Why don't people just like my stuff????
The people you're dealing with are business people and wouldn't know if anyone's writing is good, bad or indifferent. You're going to face this with every commercial publisher you approach these days. As a ghost writer I suppose you've been through plenty of this before. Just seems like a lot of trouble to go through for something that won't be your own idea, technique, or writing in the end.
I see a lot of commentary here that is Johnny's-the-meany-and-you're-the-good-kid. Folks, that's neither helpful nor honest. The fact is that @Lillyfield41 has made a contract and money has changed hands. Professional writers stay in the business by performing, not by bitching and moaning in any way other than internally.
Esther, I have 2 questions for you. Is this client a publisher or a writer to whom you've pitched and sold a story line (ghost writing with a reverse spin)? If it's a publisher/publisher's acquisitions editor, have you worked with or for this person before?
By flow he/she might merely mean word rhythm rather than plot advancement. You might ask the client what it is he/she means specifically, otherwise you could wind up spinning your wheels for no reason. Until you know, you don't know and are just guessing.