Do you ever wonder how many drafts the average author writes? How many edits it takes before a manuscript is ready for submission/publication? Is there a normal? Or does it vary by book? If you're a writer, I invite you to post your average here, your best, or your most frustrating time with a manuscript. To get things going I'll fess up to how many it took for my paranormal.
Note: I can't express how grateful I am to my editor, Eilidh MacKenzie, who is insightfulness personified.
Drafts before submission: 3
Including a somewhat horrifying major revision, doubling the manuscript's size (what made me think I was done at that first draft?).
Edit passes upon acceptance: 4
One mediumish set of revisions, one minor, two fine tunings during the galley stage.
So how about you? Are you good with the first draft, or do you find yourself wanting to make changes even as the book is going to publication?