Lots of new ideas to strengthen the text, and as every writer knows (or finds out), now someone's pointed them out to me they're obvious.
I've had to separate a lot of chaff advice from the wheat, which feels good as I feel it shows my maturity and belief in my idea, like defending myself against the self publishing nay-sayer confidently. I also rang a grant organisation about applying and when I said 'self publishing' you'd think I'd said I was going to rape the woman's grandmother.
She ended up saying I should leave anything about self publishing off the application and I promptly dropped it in the bin when I hung up.
I wanted to be further along now, and this flies in the face of what I said to begin with about how the text almost doesn't matter, but I still want it as good as I can get it. I just have to keep in mind when I'm doing cuts and tightening that I never wanted this to be a hundred mile an hour thrill ride rollercoaster. I want a kind of cerebral – or at least considered – air. That way when people buy it expecting pulp horror they'll be pleasantly surprised. It's all in the marketing…