- Reading work out loud. It may "feel" silly but you really do pick up on where your dialogue stumbles doing this. Well worth doing. Recording your story to play back later is another good option as you get to hear the whole of it then and this can help you with working out how well paced your tale is (or otherwise!) and whether your story works. You really will hear it!
- Marketing. Remember there isn't a deadline. When it comes to having a book out, you will market it continually (without driving everyone nuts!) and so try not to panic about having to do this, having to do that. Prepare a sensible schedule and do it. Talk about your book in the context of what you have learned from writing it. Share those thoughts. That comes across as sharing good writing advice and you're talking about your book!
- Find a way to balance marketing, what you are committed to writing (blogs etc) and new writing. This is something I'm trying to do at the moment. I'm sure I will find the right way to do this, I just haven't quite found it yet but being aware of the need to do so will help.
Some quick tips I hope you find useful.
I'm Allison Symes and write fairytales with bite, especially novels and short stories.