Saturday, July 16, 2011

How long does it take to write a book?

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If you are a writer, you’ll probably encounter books, courses and seminars that allegedly teach you to write a book in an absurdly short length of time.

Since it’s possible for a book to have just three words in it, it is actually possible to write a book in less than ten seconds!

Apparently, most writers of “real” books take from three months to a year to write, and then the book requires more time for revising, editing, designing and marketing. Very few self-published books come out “on time.” My next book will be 13 months late.

Everything takes longer than you think it will. If you rush, you will make mistakes that will take additional time to correct. It’s much more important to be good than to be fast or first.


1 comment:

  1. Absolutely true. Patience and persistence are both virtues in this business. It's like anything else in life. To succeed there are no shortcuts. That means you must write extremely well, you must prepare yourself to learn from others that you're never as good as you think you are, and you must do your homework so you're not taken advantage of! Tell it like it is, Michael.