I'm to the point with Positive Tension where I'm editing my third draft. It's been about a month since I finished my second draft. I read my manuscript twice between when I printed out my second draft and when I started editing the third. The process is kind of mind-numbing. I have to make sure I get in all the notes that I've made on my hard copy, and often, I have to flip forward and make notes in other chapters when I discover plot holes or other issues.
I don't think I could do this if I wasn't working on other projects. Right now I'm editing Positive Tension, writing the first draft of The Spectery and plotting out my Nanowriomo novel so when November 1st comes, I can get started straight away. It's actually worked out, because when I get sick of one project, I can flip to the next. This round of editing is the hardest, because I'm not only looking for story issues, but grammar style issues as well. It's taking me on average, about forty minutes per chapter to edit.
It's hard work, but I'm glad tha I'm closer to handing my work over to others to read! I decided to publish a few copies of the book with Lulu.com. Lulu is great, it's inexpensive and easy to use. I simply downloaded their template and have been copying my edits from my main Scrivener document into it. I like the idea of having my name on a book, even if it's one I've published myself, that alone is a great satisfaction. Lulu has the option to keep your document private, which is another plus.
I also have a practical reason for going with Lulu-it's a heck of a lot easier to read a manuscript in book form than in a binder of printed pages. It'll be easier for my betas to read, and I'm also including notes for what I'm looking for in the critique (at least for my betas, I'll probably remove that for the next draft, which will be for a critique partner) and I included a few blank pages at the start of the book for notes.
Do you have any tips for preparing manuscripts for critiques?