* One chapter and an epilogue. So now the draft is done.
Step 1a: fix formatting messiness like smart/flat quotes, tabs, headings, blahblah (trying out a Google Drive plug-in for some of this)
Step 1b: decide on a cover, buy it, hope the title designer still has any of those fonts from lo these many years ago; get that ball rolling
Step 2a: crack into my running list of Words I Use Too Often
Step 2b: describe more things, geez!
Step 3a: reread everything, streamline sentences, look out for dropped plot threads and fix them
Step 3b: repeat (Note: Do not take 2 years for this step)
Step 4a: turn over to beta readers
Step 4b: pivot to extras for Books 1 and 2
Step 5a: get betas’ feedback, reread, decide what to implement
Step 5b: same as 3a, plus insight from betas
Step 6a: write synopsis of first two books, plus the blurb / cover copy for this one
I actually love editing, in all seriousness. Editing >> writing >> outlining >>>>>>>>> blurbing. I’m pretty jazzed that we’re finally at this stage. Onward and upward.