I sent the manuscript for my next book to my publisher one week ago. What a feeling! The I-survived-my-deadline moment is one of my favorite writer moments of the year.
Upon learning that I’d submitted my book, some of my readers asked me when it would release. It seems like a book should become available a few months after an author sends it in, doesn’t it? It actually takes far longer than that. Here’s the inside scoop on the ‘Life Cycle of a Novel’ from first inspiration straight through to that wonderful day when the book hits bookstore shelves…
Character Work and Plotting
Writer fleshes out her ideas by asking herself questions like, “What happened in her past?” “What is his goal?” and “What can happen next?”
Writing of the Rough Draft and Subsequent Drafts
Submission of the manuscript – 1 Year Prior to Release
Title and Cover Brainstorming
Revisions – 9 Months Prior to Release
Cover Completion and Sales Conference – 7 Months Prior to Release
Several Rounds of Edits
Printing – 1.5 Months Prior to Release
As you can see, the publication of a novel is an intricate and time-consuming process! It’s also a labor of love for publishers and authors alike.
Were you surprised by any of the above phases of publishing?
Before I go, I wanted to let you know that the e-book of my debut Christian fiction romance, My Stubborn Heart, is on sale at all online book stores until July 15th. It’s priced at just $1.99. Great deal!