On September 6th, Anne Rice apparently felt compelled to reply to the various reviews. You can read the whole thing if you care to page down that far, but here's what caught my eye:
"I have no intention of allowing any editor ever to distort, cut, or otherwise mutilate sentences that I have edited and re-edited, and organized and polished myself. I fought a great battle to achieve a status where I did not have to put up with editors making demands on me, and I will never relinquish that status. For me, novel writing is a virtuoso performance. It is not a collaborative art."
An interesting perspective.