Last night, I received the edits from the publisher. There were red marks galore, but also many pages with no red marks. So I am feeling good about my own editing skills, at the moment. I stayed up for five hours to read through all the changes and make any of my own clarifications or edits of edits. Then it was sent back this morning.
Next week, I have my first author interview for a podcast by Wise Bear Media Group. The podcast series is called Quotable Authors and my publisher arranged for me to be interviewed. It will be prerecorded and released to coincide with my book release.
Other than that, I need to get my press releases prepared and sent out the week prior to release. And I need to get postcards made soon. Marketing is a difficult situation. Most marketing methods are conisdered ineffective by many authors. But each marketing method may be successful for one person and not another. So all methods that are feasible should still be tried. Some methods cost money, while others don't. Each author must find their own way through the weeds.
The mass consensus is that the only way to sell books is to have a great product and solid reviews. So your marketing really begins when you start writing the book. Also, having multiple novels available lends you a look of success, which attracts buys to your product. They think that you must be pretty good if a publisher is willing to take more than one of your books.
In the meantime, I am searching for a new day job and having interviews off and on.