Last night I got my MS back from the editor, four days early. I had only signed on for a copy edit, but she also gave me a couple of notes on content, which I'm grateful for. Overall, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I expected more of a blood bath. Mostly, I should stop automatically hitting "change" on the spell check, I shouldn't be so afraid of a little exposition, and I shouldn't over think wording too much. If it sounds right, it probably is. And if it isn't, well that's what editors are for.
Anyway, aside from the edits, I'm still trying to swing cover art on a limited budget. I want to publish in both ebook format and on CreateSpace, but having a print cover custom made can get expensive. I'm still researching options, but I'm really shooting for a March 1st publishing date, so I have to start making decisions soon.
And aside from the actual book, I also need to start really thinking about my marketing plan. I know the number one driver of sales is to have more than one book out, but it's my first (I promise, I'm working on a second), and I just want to get started on the right foot here. There are so many things I need to get set up in the next month or so, I'm just procrastinating at this point.
I have a question for anyone still reading: I've seen a lot of people doing giveaways either through their blog/website or Good Reads. Have any of you done that, and if so, how successful was it? What about blog tours?
Enough about me, how is everyone else doing?