Earlier this morning, I called Bowker to make sure my ISBNs still worked.
Shortly after that, I called the printer I used for Dancing Barefoot to get a quote, and make sure I'll have my books in my hands as soon as possible.
When that was done, I called my designer and set up a meeting next week to get the cover just right.
I hung up the phone, and printed out a copy of the unformatted manuscript for my wife to read. "It's so weird you wouldn't let me read this one until it was done," she said.
About five minutes ago, I sent the formatted manuscript of my next book to my editor for his final pass. It's not huge. It ended up about 27000 words and will probably print out around 140 pages, but it is, I believe, a perfect follow-up and companion to Dancing Barefoot.
. . . and just like that, I'm done with the hard (and fun, to be honest) part.
Next steps for me include writing the marketing materials, getting little graphic buttons and banners together so people can put them on blogs, making the phone calls to book stores (Mysterious Galaxy, I'm looking in your direction) and making sure I have the shipping operation all ready to go.
Wow. It's really happening again. This is so insanely cool I can only talk about it in short sentences.