Monday, February 15, 2016

How long will it take you to write and publish a book?

[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.

The book shown below was supposed to go on sale in July of 2010. It should be ready in a month or two. Maybe.

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