Art, books, and other shenanigans!
I don't think people really appreciate how much labor goes into editing the books they read. What makes good writing is how easily you digest it and how well it communicates its intended meaning. Passive voice is evil. Fancy words are to be used sparingly. Things that people do in colloquial speech have to be transformed into proper English. Many books go through several editors and rewrites. Salamander and the Unscarred Mind is one such book. I have a lot of personal projects on my hard drive, and none of them have reached this level of polish. I'm doing this because I believe in it! I've hired two editors to read the entire work, and asked two other friends to help me spot check particular chapters. I've been blessed with the help of knowledgeable people. I'll share a picture from my list of things to do, at the top of which is my progress bar for editing the chapters of this book before I'll resume querying agents with it:
So that's where I'm at.