I recently paid an editor to review the manuscript. Based on the criticism I received, I know I have to approach re-writes from a very different perspective. I'm unfamiliar with memoir and all the nuances. I was pronounced a good writer, but the editor tore large sections apart.
One must have a thick skin for such things, I recognize. Now comes a period of intense revision. I've mastered the short essay, but I'm a ways away from memoir, or even fiction. Should I be pleased with myself that I at least produced something?