I edit as I go, for the duration of my first draft. So every day that I write, I edit what I wrote the last time I wrote. It's a great way to recap what I've already written.
3. Cover Design
There are so many options for cover designs. No. 1 rule is not to do it yourself. I usually use a designer off of fiverr. Each cover costs me just under £20.
4. Finalise Your Book Details
Write your book synopsis. You need a few; one long one, a mid-length one and a single lined one (for twitter). Decide how much you're going to charge.
5. Arrange Your Pre-Order
So something a friend recently shared with me was that a long pre-order release can be really helpful when marketing your book. It means you've automatically got a link for people to go to whenever you are sharing your book. You don't have to provide your final draft when setting up your pre-order so long as you get it in within their deadline. The last book I wrote needs to have the pre-order link at the back, along with the book synopsis and book cover.
7. The Second Edit
When my book is written, I'm going to edit it again. This is just a quick read through. Looking for errors. Adding bits in. Taking bits out.
8. The Second Write
This time I'm copying it over from one document to another. This is so I can add in all the important bits. Copyright information. My book list. Any dedications. Links to my website, facebook, twitter, newsletter and books. This is also when I do all my formatting; making sure the page breaks are all in place, etc. It's the last chance for me to make any amendments or grammatical fixes before giving it out to readers.
Now that everything is ready to go, I upload my final copy to amazon and start sending out ARCs to anyone who wants them. I have a habit of giving books away for free even after they are released in exchange for an honest review. I'm all about readers not so much about sales. Instafreebies is fantastic for helping with this one.
10. Keep Going And Just Don't Stop
At this point I'm usually starting the whole thing again with another book. But it's important to keep up the momentum. I keep sharing on social media, posting about it on my blog and in my newsletter.