I’m almost finished with the first draft of my novel. This first book has been an incredibly valuable learning experience throughout. I’d never trade it. As part of the experience and in preparation for the next steps, I’ve been using some of my time to research the editing process.
Right now, I’m planning six different stages of editing to work through the entire process to get the manuscript ready for beta readers. I imagine, based on what I’ve learned in writing the first draft, that I’ll learn volumes more about the pitfalls and joys of editing.
The big question I have yet to answer is, “Do I give the completed manuscript to beta readers?” I seem to be getting more and more feedback from critique groups and friends that I should start planning how to get the book released.