How to Revise a Book

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  1. Get your edit letter from your critique partner.
  2. Go over everything you need to fix.
  3. Wallow in the enormity of what you have to do.
  4. Eat your feelings in ice cream.
  5. Look at that edit letter again, this time while taking deep breaths.
  6. Translate your edit letter into actionable checklists.
  7. Figure out a solution for each issue you need to tackle.
  8. Make some tea.
  9. Tweet that you're in your revision cave for the foreseeable future.
  10. Put on your noise-cancelling headphones and favorite playlist.
  11. Revise.
  12. Keep revising until you're too tired to continue.
  13. Rinse and repeat the next day.
  14. And the next.
  15. And the next.
  16. Until
  17. revisions
  18. are
  19. done.

How do you revise your books?

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