If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me that question… well, I’d have made more money that I’ve done self-publishing so far (Ha. Ha. But that’s a topic for another blog post). But, seriously, how long does it really take to write a book? Check out PART 1 or PART 3 of the three part series.
Comments from Part 1 of this blog post series asked about writing vs. editing time. As a new writer, I had no idea how long it took to polish a novel once it was written. What was really eye-opening to me is how quickly I can put words down on a page and call it a novel. The real magic happens with rewriting and edits. One of my favorite authors, Michael Crichton has said, “Books are not written–they’re rewritten.”
Here’s the real timeline breakdown of Love, Lies & Clones.
- February/March–Wrote “Draft Zero” which was a 50,000 word ROUGH, ROUGH draft of the novel.
- April–Camp NaNoWriMo Project–First round of edits/revisions to try to have it grow from 50K to 80K.
- May/June–Two rounds of beta readers and edits.
- July–Put this novel away. Wrote Blood & Holy Water for Camp NaNoWriMo.
- August/September–Another round of beta readers.
- October–Editor/Prep for Kindle Scout
- November–Kindle Scout Campaign. I read through the novel one more time, and still caught issues! (And I attempted to win NaNoWriMo with another novel.)
- December–Published! Horary!
How about other self-published authors?
Today’s Spotlight: Mystery / Thriller / Crime Authors
Note: You can CLICK any book cover below to learn more. You may find your next novel to read!
QUESTION: How long did it take you to write your most recent book(s)?
Luke Christodoulou: I give myself a year for each book. I finish earlier than that though, giving plenty of time for the book to go to my editor and for my proofreaders to provide feedback.
Liz Hedgecock: I write the first draft quite quickly, but I’m pretty thorough in the edit. I wrote the draft of A House Of Mirrors in 6 weeks, then put it away for 6 months, and took a month to edit it.
Carey Lewis: It takes me about a month, and that includes research and two rounds of edits on the manuscript. Then I’ll put it away for a couple of weeks and give it another couple of edits with fresh eyes.
Greg Merritt: About 8 months.