You just can’t hand a 409k word manuscript to a potential editor and ask if they would please wade through it and see if they want to invest in you as a writer. It would be simply too embarrassing. You’ve got to at least try to come up with an edited version.

I was tearing my hair out trying to figure out how to edit this phhhhhat caterpillar of mine, and then I had a breakthrough. I’m now about 30% of the way through the story, and I have reduced the word count to 62% of the original, up to this point.

How did I do that? You’re dying to know; I know you areā€¦