Actually, writing is the easy part. It’s so much fun to conjure up a plot, people it with a few protagonists and antagonists, clothe them, feed them, throw in a twist or two and a little suspense…
The HARD part comes when the last sentence is on the last page. Is the book finished? Oh, no…not by a long shot. First you give it to some critical readers and then you incorporate their corrections, comments and critiques. In the meantime, you’re reading it very carefully (for about the 99th time!) yourself with the formatting tool engaged so you can check for any extraneous spaces, typos, misspellings or outright errors.
You read it again to consider carefully which character has the Point Of View and to make sure you’re not “head hopping,” and to make sure you’ve put in a scene break whenever the action changes. At this point, you might read the manuscript aloud, to see if your dialogue seems stilted.
Are we through yet? Oh, noooo, not by a long shot. Now we ramp up our marketing efforts. We post on social media, generating interest in the book’s release date. We line up reviewers. We work on our author website, and create a trailer for the upcoming release. We ask the local library to schedule a book signing, and we make sure it’s publicized in the local newspaper.
Whew! And now we’re ready to start the next book.