[above] I just saw this ridiculous ad from the horrid self-publishing company Author Solutions. It's similar to clickbait: misleading text intended to generate revenue for sleazy businesses.
Can you become a published author the same day you read the ad? Maybe, but not if you use the services of Author Solutions.
I got an email from another company telling me that, with its help, I could write and publish a book in 48 hours. Actually I know how to write and publish a book in less than one hour. It would be short, and not very good, but it would be a published book. So what.
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's actually possible to write a book in less than ten seconds!
However, most writers of “real” books take from three months to a year or more to write. And then the book requires more time for revising, editing, designing and marketing.
Books from traditional publishing companies typically take a year or two to go on sale -- after the author submits a manuscript. Independent authors, suspecting inefficiency and bloated bureaucracy, assume they can publish in a small fraction of that time.
That may be so, but apparently very few self-published books come out “on time.”
- 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.