My favorite kind of novel is one that takes risks. Whether it's a risk with language itself, experimenting with new forms, new ways of making meaning; or whether it's a risk with subject matter, challenging expectations of genre, I am ready to go on that journey.
Especially with literary fiction, my aim is to inhabit the author's brain space, to make suggestions, to be restrained, to assume that, in a way, I'm not needed. It's often a fine line a copyeditor has to walk, always deciding what "rules" can be jettisoned in favor of an author's preferences and which ones can't be sacrificed. I know the rules well enough to break them, when to take risks. But I'll never let an author be at risk of looking wrong.