If you're stymied about "what to do next" or "is this ready" here's an opportunity you'll want to consider.
Jenny Milchman is teaching an 8 week class Polished + Published: Readying a Novel for a Changing Industry
This class takes aim at what happens once a book is complete. There will be critiques of finished pages, we'll learn what 'saleable' means, plus how to sell a novel. Agents, traditional publishing paths, and alternate routes will all be explored.
The class will be held at the JCC in Manhattan (76th and Amsterdam) It starts on 9/20 and runs 8 weeks through 11/8. Class starts at 5pm so if you commute, you won't get home at midnight (a very nice bonus.)
It's going to cost you some money, but this is the place you want to invest: learning about the industry you want to be part of.
You'll need to apply to be in the class by sending pages of your novel or memoir to Jenny.
Not sure if this is right for you? Email Jenny and talk to her. She's more than happy to answer your questions and help you figure out if you'll benefit.