1. Don't ever look back. Edits serve a purpose, to get your book in the best possible shape, ready for the next phase of the publishing journey. If you delete a line, a paragraph - don't take it personally. It's for the greater good - save it into an edits folder if you think you may use it for another story. Otherwise, move on.
2. Don't 'dilly-dally'. Indecisiveness can lead to time-wasting. Oh wait, I know we're experts at procrastinating but to wield that sword through your unwanted chapters - you need to make some big decisions. What to keep; what not to keep. That is the question. If a scene is essential to moving the story on, keep it. If not, well - see number one.
3. Read your work aloud! Yes, don't be afraid - it won't bite you. Remember it's your work, you want people to read it right? Read it aloud; listen to the story. Do you love it? Does it need some tweaking? Go ahead and tweak. Much tweaking makes perfect!
4. Don't kill me here my green friends! I find that printing off my work helps. I don't do it that often, but it is good to read your work - printed out on paper. Marvel at the words you've written, and take a good old fashioned red pen and start striking through them. It's therapeutic!
5. Set yourself realistic deadlines for editing, enjoy life and take time to relax. Don't become a grain of rice in a pressure cooker. You need to have a clear head to write, edit, revise. Above all, relish that fact that you've moving towards your goal of finishing your story - and getting published! We all want that right? Now, go get 'em!
Is there a method to this editing madness? What's yours?