I was talking a potential new client this past week, who was in the midst of writing her first book, and very keen to work with me to get her book published.
“Hold on”, I said. “What about getting it written well first?”
She was half way through writing, and had big ideals about working with a publisher who would magically want to publish her book and have it ready to launch in time for the 1st week of September (this year) as that date was of significance to the contents of her book.
I explained that this was highly unlikely to happen, and that even if self publishing her book, she’d need to have it written, edited, and completely ready to publish by late May or early June if September was remotely possible as a launching time frame to aim for.
My biggest concern with this lady was that she was only half way through writing. Now while I know for certain that
it is possible to write and be publishing ready inside of 12 weeks
, assuming that starting from scratch by the 1st April, you could expect to be ready by the end of June, final editing and design would likely take up to six weeks (and that’s a pretty fast objective). That’s still only allowing two weeks to print and prepare to launch her book.
You might assume that if she’s already part way through, writing this within eight weeks is entirely possible, and that my concerns are unwarranted. However, experience has taught me this:
1) A first time author who is ‘part way through writing’ their book has almost always got a lot more writing to do than they think they have, and are likely to have put very little planning into their book at the start of their writing project. This can actually have adverse effects as some undoing and/or extra editing is often required.
2) Books almost never, ever go smoothly from the writer’s head to the printed book on a set time frame, and the tighter the timing, the more chances there are of things going wrong.
I decided it was best that this lady and I part ways before getting too involved in her publishing project. Sometimes it’s best that way, and I don’t like setting myself up to fail on behalf of someone else with expectations that are somewhat unmanageable.
But I wanted to share this blog with you all, and remind writers that your highest priority is this:
Write a really good book. Don’t cheat your book on time, give it the best of you you can, so that your book shines, and
this in turn will make the publishing process relatively easy
And if you need help with this journey, I’m here to support and guide you.