The fun isn't over after you've written and submitted manuscript for your romance novel. After you or your agent finds a publisher for your book, you still have a number of steps to go through before your book reaches your readers:

  1. Contract negotiation

  2. Revisions

  3. Copy edit and deflag (where flagged queries are addressed)

  4. Galley and author alterations

  5. Dedication and acknowledgments

  6. Cover — art, copy, and quotes

  7. Personal public relations