- Stage 1: Put it aside
- Stage 2: Edit by steps, not marathons
- Stage 3: Let your baby go
- Stage 4: Re-write some more
- Stage 5: Read it aloud
- Stage 6: Synopsize
- Stage 7: Move on, but keep in touch
If you’re consistently getting form rejection letters, then pull out your query letter and see if it needs to be rewritten. And every once in awhile, pull out the manuscript, especially those first few pages you’re sending out with the query, and re-visit them.
I would tell you that after you’ve done the Herculean task of writing the book then the long process of editing, it’s time to put it away and not re-visit it. You’ve done your best. But few authors can do that. Even after it’s in print and bound, authors say they’d like to change things.