Edit five chapters. (Originally this read "edit all of the chapters", but then I realized that would leave me 2 days per chapter. haha, no.) Right now I am using a technique where I read all of the text aloud to myself to see where things get awkward. It's time-consuming, but it helps. I'm currently about a quarter of the way through the first chapter. (There are fifteen in total.)
I'm also trying to use some of the other strategies described in Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King, which I highly recommend if you, too, wish to edit your fiction.
Get the word count down by at least 5k. I'm going to shoot for less than 110k words by the end of August. Of course, that's still probably too long. I'm not going to stress too much about it, though.
Research how to write a good summary. I am totally dreading writing the summary for this thing, because the plot is... let's not use the word complicated. It's really not that bad. It's just... okay, so it's kind of involved. I'm going to put this off by telling myself I'll read some articles on the topic. Yeah!!
Write a pitch. A pitch is a short pithy attention-grabby paragraph about a novel that you use for your cover letters and stuff. Ghhh. So, at one point in the past, I took a seminar for entrepreneurs through the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at UNC. They made a big deal about the "elevator pitch"-- basically a verbal assault you need to make at all passersby informing them about your business idea whether or not they care to listen. Somehow this is eventually supposed to result in venture capital, or something. I don't know, I hate business and I hate self-promotion. My total lack of interest in marketing has been the Achilles heel of my bellydance career (more on this later) but I am NOT going to let it cripple this endeavor! NO! I am going to force myself to LIKE writing the pitch and I am going to make everyone who hears it need to read my novel lest they perish. At least that's what I'm telling myself now.
Blog regularly. I'd like to think I can do it every other day but I will be happy with myself for doing it once or twice a week.
Read a novel about vampires. I must admit, I have read shockingly few. Anyone have any suggestions?