I have finished the first draft of my first novel, a work of LGBT gothic fiction/horror. I have 5-6 people who said they are happy to look at it as alphas, but I have no idea what to do in the meantime.
I have a journalistic background, so I am used to fast turnarounds. Obviously that cannot be the case here, and I have asked the alphas to do as much as they can in the next three months, which I think is a reasonable timeframe. But then there are revisions and then betas! The whole thing will take so long, and I am not expecting to send the book to agents for publication consideration for another year or so.
What shall I do in the meantime? I have started promoting the concept art for the novel but just want to do something else proactive. What should I do while I wait?