Looks like folks disagree with my thoughts on how many revisions are necessary:
TJIC: …I’m on my fourth draft…
kilteDave: Fourth draft? Out of curiosity, have you had anyone else read through your manuscript?
TJIC: Yes, I’ve had several friends do beta reads. Most thought that draft 2 was solid. I know that four might sound excessive, but there’s a lot to learn about characterization and plotting a novel, and I’m convinced that the work to date has been worth it. When revision stops helping, I’ll stop revising.
Sarah Hoyt: Be careful. You can kill a novel by over-revising
That’s OK. I’m confident that I’m improving the book with every pass.