I share my work with a writing critique group, but no matter how much I value their input and the help they’ve given me to improve the piece I’ve brought, they don’t know the entire manuscript.
This is when I turn to Elizabeth Lyon’s, Manuscript Makeover that sets out the editing process under different headings. I don’t have to read the book from start to finish, but go to the sections where I need the most help. For me it’s the chapters on characterization.
Additionally, this book includes a section on marketing, so that when I’ve completed everything possible to make my work the best I can, the next step is also covered in this helpful and must have novel for any writer.