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: