Before you submit, it is time to give that manuscript a final check by asking if every scene, every conversation, every word is essential.
This isn't about how much you love the writing. Ask yourself two questions:
- Does the story need it?
- Do your readers need it?
If the answer is no, cut it. If the answer is yes...
Then ask yourself two more questions.
- Does the story/reader need that information at that exact place in the story?
- Does the story/reader need all that you've written or would less be better?