For these deep edits, I've been taking out unnecessary adjectives and commas. Commas are my arch nemesis! My fingers love to add comas in where they shouldn't be when I type! I'm also reading the text for inconsistencies in the story and for places where the story drags. I've deleted several thousand words but have also written several thousand new, more powerful words.
My intention is to self-publish this novel. My reason for going that route is mainly because my story is women's fiction. And, while I know that WF sells, my novel isn't book club fiction and that's what the industry really wants right now. My story is about a woman's journey finding her confidence. It's also a little bit of a love story. I hope people will like it! I'll keep you posted when I begin the publishing process.
How did you spend your summer? I'd love to know! Let me a comment and tell me!