Bam! Your first draft is finished! Indie authors usually upload it to Createspace and it looks awesome. The second draft makes it better. The third draft better still. They order a proof and it is so exciting when that first proof is in hand.
Try to cool your jets.
Don't rush to publication. (I did it and had to release a second edition a month later after reviews talked about typos.)
By now you should have lined up beta readers, a professional editor and hopefully a writers group that will help you.
Here is what I like to do now as my process:
- Do as many drafts as it takes to make it as good as you can. Leave it for a month. Don't touch it. Get some distance. Then do a last line by line review.
- Get a beta reader you trust to review it for plot. Not a spelling, grammar and punctuation review. Make mods if required.
- Have it professionally edited. Pay for a good editor. It's worth it.
- Print five or six Red Pen Proofs.
- Give these to your HONEST Beta Readers. NOT your Mom. Collect feedback, not praise. Make Mods if required.
- One last pass through your editor.
- One last Proof for format review.
- Do not publish without first seeing a Perfect Proof.
- Press Publish.
There is a similar review process for the Kindle edition. KDP make review and updates easy.
--You will want to rush. Resist. Get help. Remember that first drafts always suck.