I’m not sure about other writers, but I have stories in different levels of readiness. For instance, I have a few first drafts, a few second drafts, and even stories in last edits. I even have notes for stories that I want to write, and stories that I have already begun.
Currently I have 6 stories in last edits, enough to get me to my goals of publishing 11 stories this year. to me, that’s pretty exciting!
After last edits for each is done, I add the back and front matter, create a book cover and other graphics, and then begin the more active promotional tasks.
The whole process of writing, editing, graphic design, and promoting takes a good deal of time, but I’m always so happy with the end result.