Well, you should always have a book edited, of course, but how much should you edit yourself before sending to your publisher? That's what I'm wrestling with right now. Part of me thinks that I should just put my red pen down and send the manuscript to my Loose Id editor already. I've had the first draft of this book written for a couple of months now (time flies!), but I keep futzing around with little sections.
So for the other writers out there -- how much do you usually edit before you send in a draft? Do you get friends to read your work before you let your pro editor see it? I'm wondering if we all have a similar process or not. I always get at least a couple of trusted friends to read before I even think of submitting.
I think part of what's holding me back is that I have a new editor, and there's always that fear of the unknown!