I talked with a writer yesterday who, in the midst of our conversation, realized she needed to keep listening to her book.
This was her default posture while she was writing the book. She took exceeding care to listen to what the book was wanting to become while she was writing it and refused to assume where the book would go when the writing was done.
And now she's there: the writing and editing are done. She even packaged the book in a gorgeous hardcover version for a select handful of first readers, and the feedback's been amazing. So, what now?
This is when you listen even more. What is your book's next step? What is the next iteration of its life? What is it asking of you now?
Listen. Listen close. Even closer. Hear what your book wants to be. Hear what it wants from you now.