[Of course, I'm self-sabotaging a little playing a lot of The Secret World, which is a very good MMO indeed.]
After the first draft is done it's an immediate re-read, which is good for identifying changes of tone, and of course massive great inconsistencies and loose ends you've forgotten to tie. Then beta readers, then editing rounds, copy-editing rounds, I'm sick to death of this book rounds... In theory I should make my provisional release date of 3 October.
Now that release is getting closer, one of the things I'm turning my mind to is promotion.
I have a comfortably minimalist approach to promotion (ie. it's not something I enjoy so I don't spoil my fun with it). I've had my Goodreads giveaway ticking away in the background since May, which has at least made the book a blip on some readers' radar. I ran a single ad on a blog (The Book Smugglers) where I know I gained a few readers, so that any of those readers who don't follow me have a chance to notice it. I'll run an ebook giveaway on my blog for those who do follow me!
The one thing I'm yet to decide relates to a site called NetGalley. NetGalley is a review copy distribution site used by many publishers. It is possible (but rare) for self-publishers to place a book on the site (for a fee of $399 per book), but whether that will translate to any reviews is another question altogether. It's not something I'd normally consider, but AAtS is definitely the most commercial book I'm likely to write (the female-focused adult high fantasy I usually produce is _not_ a hot genre) and so I'm at least thinking about it. [It's not that I can't cover the cost - it's that I'm a self-publisher and thus far less likely to get arc requests than the many many many other books available there.]
But, either way, it's exciting to be nearly finished on this one. I'm very much looking forward to reader reaction to