And, of course, everyone feels like their book is perfection. That's why they wrote it that way. But an astute writer understands that a whole team is involved in sending a book out into the world. Agents and editors edit and write kickass pitches to sell first the editor and then the sales team on the book.
So, not having HarperCollins' editorial staff on hand (unless you do...and if so call me), you have to do your best to replicate that team. So having beta reader feedback is essential. Using available resources to perfect your pitch (query) is essential. In short, yeah. You put some work in beyond typing "The End." A skeleton model of this looks thusly:
- Finish the book.
- Let it sit for a week
- Reread the book, correct inevitable glaring things.
- Send to beta readers.
- Consider reader feedback and incorporate. This take humility, which you will need in spades.
- Let it sit for a week.
- Reread, re-edit. Perhaps send to your most trusted Beta.
- Reread one more time.
Time away from a book is really important in the editing process so that you don't get buried in knowing how it's supposed to read. Fresh eyes.
Take these steps and you'll not only be querying a damn fine manuscript, but you'll be leaps ahead of the people who don't do this work. Don't you want that?