– Look closely at each chapter. If you can take out a chapter and the plot will still make sense, is it really necessary? Should some events be folded in with others?

– Do the relationships between your characters develop and change and become more complicated as the book goes on?

– What do your characters want? Is it apparent to the reader? Do they have both conscious and unconscious motivations?

– Do you know what your writing tics are? Do you overuse adverbs, metaphors, facial expressions, non-“said” dialogue tags, or interjections? Have you removed them?

– Do you overuse certain words or phrases? Is your word choice perfect throughout?

– Does your book come to a completely satisfying conclusion? Does it feel rushed?

– Do your main characters emerge from the book irrevocably changed?

– Are your characters distinguishable? Does it make sense to combine minor characters?

– Do each of your scenes make dramatic sense on their own as well as move the overall plot forward?