Where step 4 focused on looking outward, analyzing and taking note of authors in a genre similar to yours, step 5 is heavy on organizational processes and editing. It’s easiest to start this step after giving yourself some time away from your manuscript. Fresh eyes always edit best.
Ask yourself some high-level questions about what could make your book stand apart from its predecessors. Does your book employ any of the following elements?
- Unique, unconventional or effective organization
- Storytelling that uses vernacular that connects with an untapped/overlooked audience
- Exceptional insight, research or data on an overlooked topic
- Distinctive insight into a popular topic that reaches or stirs readers in new ways
I’ve always found it’s easiest to analyze and edit books in this order: