I promised myself that I'd be ready to submit after draft 10, but I should have known better. In draft 6 I extracted a 20,000-word subplot. It takes some time to recover from that kind of major surgery.
But I did achieve something in draft 10. I got the story right where I wanted it.
This is my favorite, favorite part of writing a book. All the tears, pain, and frustration are behind me, and there's nothing left to do but polish the prose. Shine every sentence. So I'm sharpening up my blue pencil and reading each word aloud.
No, I am not stalling. Yes, I will submit soon.
But first, I get to spend some quality time with my manuscript.