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How Long Does It Take to Publish a Book?

November 20, 2009 by Kat Gautreaux, Account Manager

How Long
In a world of instant access—movies, music, email, and even overnight shipping—the pace of publishing can often seem sluggish.

With print-on-demand technology rising in public awareness, more new authors are experiencing the excitement of seeing their manuscripts in print.

A quality book, however, isn’t built in a day, a week, or even a month.

Many of our authors just getting started aren’t aware of how much time it takes to make their book a professional one.

On the other hand, it’s still faster than traditional publishing by leaps and bounds.

Wheatmark account manager Lori Sellstrom recently spoke with Betty Jo Tucker, author of Susan Sarandon: A True Maverick and Confessions of a Movie Addict.

According to Betty Jo, in both cases, a traditional publisher initially requested that she write the books. However, this same publisher could not deliver the fast turnaround time she wanted.

“At my age, you just can’t wait around for the traditional publishing schedule,” said Tucker, a retired college dean. “I wanted to find a way to get my books out quickly so that the movies I was writing about would still be fresh in people’s minds. I started to look into how to do this faster and that’s when I found your wonderful company.”

So how long does it take exactly? That depends on each book, as different components of the publishing project affect the publishing timeline. Editing, for instance, will add another two to four weeks to the schedule. Editing is also an essential way to make your book even better, so it’s a worthwhile delay.

If you have a deadline in mind, make sure you discuss it with your account manager during your initial meeting. Although they can’t make your book happen overnight, they will help you set deadlines to reach goals that are within reason.



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