How Long Does It Take to Self-Publish Your Novel?

Welcome to the third post in my eight-week series on publishing and editing! Check the chart at the end for a schedule.

There is a condensed version of this timeline in the first post of the series: Which Route Should You Take: Self-Publishing or Traditional?, but I’ll go into more detail below.

  • Writing

    This can depend on a ton of factors. While I was writing Lies that Bind I was also attending graduate school, taking care of a toddler, and managing a business. It took me roughly one year to edit and write the book.

  • Editing and Betas

    The editing stage can take anywhere from 1 to 4 months, depending on the speed of your editor, the length of your novel, and what you need done. Check out my Services page for pricing if you’re interested in working with me.

    You’ll want to make sure your book is edited before you send it to beta readers. You don’t want your readers to get tripped up on typos or inconsistencies an editor could have fixed. Give your beta readers a deadline of two to three weeks.

    You may need to do edits after you talk with your beta readers, so make sure you set aside plenty of time!

  • Formatting and Design

    You can do this fairly quickly by using Fiverr. You can use other services–or design the cover and do the formatting yourself–but I’ve discovered Fiverr to be the best program.

    There are three covers on my Past Projects page. The Executioners Book 1 was outsourced to a professional graphic designer. The cover for Reminiscence was designed by the author. While working with Kevin Price on Making “New Rich” Books Work For You, I hired a Fiverr designer to create the cover. We paid less than $20 and received the cover in just a few days!

    Fiverr isn’t just for cover design, though. Kevin Price and I used them to format his book for self-publishing on Kindle as well!

    If you have illustrations–like for a children’s book–this can vary widely. Talk with different illustrators on their turnaround times and determine what works best for you, your budget, and your projected timeline.

  • Copyright & LLCN

    You don’t have to have copyright and a Library of Congress Number, but I would recommend having them. The copyright and LLCN only take a couple weeks, but it takes a year to get the certificate for the copyright.

  • ISBN & Publishing

    You can get a free, unique ISBN through Kindle Direct Publishing. Through here, you can also directly publish your book to Kindle!

    This is fairly quick, and once you have everything in the system, it only takes 24 to 72 hours for your book to be reviewed, approved, and published!

Are you ready to take on the full responsibility of marketing your novel, and the cost of editing and design?

March 16, 2021Which Route Should You Take: Self-Publishing or Traditional?
March 23, 2021Why Does it Take So Long to Publish Traditionally?
March 30, 2021How Long Does It Take to Self-Publish Your Novel?
April 6, 2021Is Your Book Ready for an Editor?
April 13, 2021Looking for an Editor? Ask Them These 10 Questions First
April 20, 2021The 8 Questions I Ask Perspective Clients
April 27, 2021Is Your Manuscript Agent-Ready? Use My Checklist to Make Sure
May 4, 20214 Tips to Creating a Mind-Blowing Query Letter

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