Kate O’Donnell has been a book editor specialising in fiction since 2006. In 2010 she went freelance and now works both for publishing companies and directly with authors.
I can kinda see why people need tricks to help with editing their own work, and sure, it’s easy to read your writing as though it says what you wanted it to say, and not what you actually wrote, but at the same time I think writers find self-editing difficult because really they just don’t want to have to do it.
A manuscript assessment, or reader’s report or structural report or developmental report, can be really helpful when a writer has completed a draft and rewritten it and deleted a whole subplot and put it back and added another and shown the manuscript to trusted, intelligent friends and incorporated their responses . . .