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.
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.
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, 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|