This is the second post in an eight-week series on publishing and editing! Check the chart at the end for a schedule.
I touched on the timeline for traditional publishing last week in Which Route Should You Take: Self-Publishing or Traditional?, but below is a more detailed version.
This varies depending on your outlining & writing speed. It took me one year to write Lies that Bind.
Editing & Betas
Before you start the querying process, you should edit your work. If you can afford it, check out getting a professional editor. Check out my services page for pricing if you’re interested in working with me.
You should also get a few beta readers if you can. Facebook has lots of free beta reader groups. Beta readers can help you identify potential problems that an editor may not be looking for.
This is where I am in the traditional publishing process. This can take weeks, months, or even years depending on your dedication, who you query to, and your book.
It can take anywhere from 1-8 weeks for an agent to respond to your query, if they respond at all. I recommend querying to roughly six agents at a time and waiting for all of them to respond (or eight weeks to pass) before querying to additional agents.
If an agent gets back to you and requests your full manuscript, hearing back from them can take up to a year.
Editing with Agent
You thought you were done editing? Think again! It takes about 4 months to edit with your agent to get your book ready for publishers. This can vary a bit depending on your writing speed, though.
Proposal to Publishers
This can take months to years depending on the market, your agent, and your book.
This only takes a few weeks to a couple months, but that depends on your publisher’s and agent’s workloads.
You still aren’t done editing at this point. The publisher will provide you with edits, which takes about 2 months, then you send your book back within 30 days in most cases.
Behind the Scenes
There’s a lot that goes into finishing the book up. There’s formatting, marketing, cover design, and printing. This can take up to a year.
After printing, the books are finally sent to the stores. About 1-2 weeks later, they should hit the shelves!
Are you prepared to dedicate this amount of time to your novel? I am! Let me know in the comments.
|March 16, 2021||Which Route Should You Take: Self-Publishing or Traditional?|
|March 23, 2021||Why Does it Take so Long to Publish Traditionally?|
|March 30, 2021||How Long Does It Take to Self-Publish Your Novel?|
|April 6, 2021||Is Your Book Ready for an Editor?|
|April 13, 2021||Looking for an Editor? Ask Them These 10 Questions First|
|April 20, 2021||The 8 Questions I Ask Perspective Clients|
|April 27, 2021||Is Your Manuscript Agent-Ready? Use My Checklist to Make Sure|
|May 4, 2021||4 Tips to Creating a Mind-Blowing Query Letter|