SO,question. When you folks send stuff out to your editors, do you:
send to 1 editor, get return, make corrections, send to editor 2 etc. etc.
send to all editors simultaneously getting "x" returns, then make corrections.
It depends. Generally, when I finish a complete first draft, it's difficult to get motivated for the often difficult talk of extensive revisions and editing. I always get a decent amount of revised chapters prepared, but will often farm them out a couple at a time, just so the edits don't overwhelm me. Typically I'll release one chapter for ever one I revise. Then, when I complete the full revision process, I'll release the rest.
I've found, with multiple editors, having everyone (or even a few) editing every single chapter,while the others only edit a chapter or two, can be nerve wracking, so I prefer to control their pace.
If, after the book's been thoroughly vetted, and a new author comes on board, I don't mind giving him the entire work, as I'm under no immediate pressure to handle all his edits at once.
That said, for a newbie, you first need to build relationships, so I'd focus on a single editor at a time, as you both learn each other's work habits, your personal writing styles (and which style guidelines you follow) and build trust in each other. Then, once that's done, you move on to the next, using your trust (or distrust) in the previous editor's work to evaluate the new editor's worth (does he catch the previous guy's edits/overlooked errors, or does he introduce entirely new errors?)
That's a more lengthy process, but it's generally worth the extra time. I wrote several books before I finally decided who I could trust and who, despite our getting along, I had to cut loose.
Also, jfyi, I generally like to stay 3 - 5 chapters ahead of my editors, often starting with a healthy 7 chapter lead (though it often dwindles to only 3).
I also like to complete two chapters each week (an extensive work schedule), revise two, edit two and revise two. That's clearly unmanageable unless you're NOT doing anything else, but it shows how I use my editors breathing down my neck to crank out chapters. It's the best way to get past the ('I've already written the damn thing' duldrums and light a fire under my ass to crank out chapters on a regular basis). My editors, however, prefer getting ALL the chapters at once, even if it's only a single editor at a time.
Also note, some editors are proofers (they review the final version to spot any last-minute typos) while others focus on content. The proofers should be the last to review a document, while the content editors should be the first—even if you haven't finished your first draft.
You'll also find that some editors are more thorough than others. Many will simply read the story, marking typos as they encounter them, but the more diligent and professional ones will read through each chapter (or the entire story), making obvious errors, and then double back, going over it in much more detail.
When you get editors like that, you've got to account for their editing style in assigning them work to best utilize their skills.