I just finished reading a wonderful essay on rewriting your novel based on critiques, etc.
I so wish I’d read something like that years ago — what a freeing way to write. The whole “get a bunch of people to read and critique your work” isn’t the “correct way” to write a book, although that’s what I’ve heard over and over again.
That blog post isn’t short, so make sure you have a little time before you dive into it, but please do take the plunge. Based on the 200+ comments it struck a chord with a lot of people.