How Long Should it Take to Publish my Book?

Happy Monday!

publishing-101A popular question I receive is what is a good timeframe for publishing a book. The traditional way in publishing is 6 months to a year. However, so many people are self-publishing that its takes nowhere near that long to publish a book. The amount of time should be no more than 6 months.

Let’s discuss

Writing the book should take about three months. No more than this unless you are not writing everyday. This is for those who work full-time jobs, have families and live a busy life that doesn’t allow you to be in front of the computer as much. If you are writing everyday, your book should be finished in three months.

Then you need to acquire time to do at least 2-3 read throughs before you send it off to the editor. One thing an editor hates is a book that is poorly written that requires them to almost have to write the book for you.

After you have done this, it should be off to the editor and you should be in the middle of working with a designer for your cover. Editing should take no more than 3 weeks if you and the editor are going back and forth consistently to get the book to where it needs to be for publishing.

By now you should be sitting at about 4 months in the cycle of publishing.

Now you should be ready for formatting. This should take no more than 2 weeks. 1-3 days if you know how to format your own book. Less than that if you hire someone who knows exactly what they are doing. Give yourself a week to receive the paperback/hardcopy of your book in the mail so that you can proof it.

Now there are two months left in the publishing cycle. You should already have a release date by now. You are probably wondering why there is so much time left between now and the publication date. That is because you need to leave room for error. What happens if editing takes a month rather than a few weeks? What if the designer is stalling or gets back logged with orders? What if you decide to do a major storyline or scene change that causes you to go back and rewrite some things? You’ve already put out a release date. You don’t want to push the book back right? This is that little window of error that you need just in case. If all goes smoothly, than congrats to you. But every author needs to save room for error.

The last thing you should be doing is promoting the pre release. Interviews, blog tours, reviews etc. Promote the book before it comes out so that when it does drop, your audience is ready!

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-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique Watson

Read the Fine Print!

I’ve done my fair share of researching on publishing companies. One thing I tell my clients it to research, read the fine print and be sure, 100% sure, that this is the right company.

There’s always going to be fine print. There’s always going to be something lingering in the back of their contract that isn’t seen until signing.

Someone I know published with a company a few years back. The first book they published with the company was perfect! The company did a great job formatting the book, the cover etc. It was just what the author wanted. The author also had a say in the cover and was able to have them fix things if she didn’t like it. So it came time to publish the second book. Same results. The book was perfect. Great quality. Then it came time to publish the third book. The author was very unhappy. The publishing company had decided that the author doesn’t get a say in the cover anymore. They will produce a cover to their liking. So the author was stuck with this horrible cover for her book. I’m sure you know a fourth book did not come after that with this company. But in the contract, the publisher was allowed to make this change without asking or notifying the author. it was right there in the contract. Something the author did not know.

So, there’s a lesson to be learned here. Read the fine print. If you have questions, ask them! If you are not sure, don’t move forward. Shop around. What you see is not always what you get. Some publishing companies have hidden agendas. It’s your responsibility to find out what it is! Hire a lawyer. Be sure you are getting into the right situation for you and your book.

This is why you see a lot of authors starting publishing companies on their own. They don’t want to be confined to someone else’s rules. They want to do things their way.

Read before you sign!

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique Watson