Is Your Book Done Yet? (Part 3)

Maybe the question should be, “Is this blog series done yet? Ha Ha! No. Not yet. There’s so much information I want to share. Check out PART 1 or PART 2 of this series if you’re just joining now.

The question I’ve been asking all week, “How long did it take you to write your most recent book(s)?” My official answer to that question is this:

I wrote Love, Lies, & Clones in 8 or 9 months, but I was also working on two other novels in that time that will come out in 2017 (“Blood & Holy Water” and “Superhero Wives”). I get tired of one project and need something else to take my mind off of it, so I can come back with a fresh eye.

But how long should it take me? What if I want to keep my “fans” happy? 

I’ve been overhearing that the best way to have people notice your novels is to write another…and another. Keep giving them new material to read. In this article HERE, it says many authors publish four books a year. Wow…but ouch!

I ask, what QUALITY were those books? I’m sure many authors are completely capable of producing four fantastic, well-written novels per year, but I am not. And that’s okay.

I say it’s a balancing act. Keep getting fresh material out in the world, however long it takes you, so that you don’t sacrifice quality. A fan will be happier waiting for a well written novel than reading the next hacked-together installment quickly. But that’s just my opinion–one I need to keep telling myself as I (slowly) plug away finishing my works-in-progress.

Now, if you’re looking to have writing be the method in which you earn your living, then four novels a year is probably a necessity. I imagine, the more you write, the easier they get.

Okay, here’s the fun part. Some authors speak out on how long it took to write their novel(s).

Today’s Spotlight: ROMANCE / WOMEN’S FICTION / ANTHOLOGIES 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)?

Beneath

 

 Kyla Stone: I’ve had the idea bouncing around in my head for over a decade. From outlining/plotting, through the rough draft, revisions, final, editing, etc. took six months.

 

 

amnesiaRunaway Marissa Marchan: With this novel, My Runaway Bride, it took me a little over three months. But it actually took longer to edit the book than it did to write it. Even after I got it back from the editor, I still went through a round of self-edits until I finally satisfied. All in all, it took me eight months before I entered it to Kindle Scout.

Mask

 Laura Greenwood: My most recent published is What Lies Beneath the Mask, which I started in late January and published on the 1st December. It took me about 2 1/2 months to write the first draft, around my day job and other commitments. However, the last novel I wrote, Siren’s Storm, took just under a month (I had a slow start to NaNo!) So that’s pretty much the benchmark now!

Lil

 

 

 Ruth White: The time actually spent writing was about six months. Planning it in my head and researching took a few years.

home whit 

L. Virally: It took me several years, and I don’t even know the exact count. I had to stop and start many times due to some difficult life events.

 

 

Ideal Girl

 Unhappyhttps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01G2NVJJY/ Paris 

Jenny O’Brien: Englishwoman in Paris, which was released three weeks ago took four months from the germ of the idea to publication. 

What are your thoughts on multi-part blog series, like this one, and spotlighting Q&A with indie authors?

 

Other Spectacular Novels to Check Out!

Winter Christmas Merely Players Blackwelder Whyte Love From Mars flowers

My Favorite Writing Websites

A coworker asked me to send him links of my favorite writing websites… What a hard request! I love and utilize so many of them.

As I began rummaging through my electronic bookmarks, I thought I’d share the list with everyone else. This is only the highlights of the sites I frequently visit – it’s NOT all the sites I use – just the bare bones necessity. (Besides Google – I use that one the most.)

I hope you find something useful here.

PLANNING:

WRITING:

EDITING / REVISIONS:

  • ProWritingAid for grammar
  • Critique Partners / Beta Swaps
    • Scribophile (Join the Novel Exchange Group – they do a big exchange a few times per year that’s a quick way to have multiple people read your novel at the same time, then discuss it like a book club.)
    • Critters (Especially for sci-fi, fantasy, and horror – I have not tried their other groups for other genres)
    • Goodreads (Beta readers — you’ll need to join the beta reader group HERE )

PREPARING TO SELF-PUBLISH:

TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING:

SELF-PUBLISHING

MARKETING:

  • InstaFreebies (to give your book away for reviews — you can advertise this on goodreads)
  • ??? I’m not here yet.  More to come

EDUCATION:

 

If you’re dying for more, here’s 100 best websites for writers: The Write Life

 

What writing sites can you not live without?