Our readers may have noticed a sudden lag in our blog posting… The reason is that we have been working tirelessly to bring you great new books this fall! We have some new novels coming out like The Accidental Marriage by Roger Thomas, Iota by T.M. Doran, and some great classics like Jane Eyre and Sense and Sensibility.
Publishing is a longer and more arduous process than most people think. On more than one occasion, a prospective author has asked how long it would take for their book to be published. On average, it probably takes one to two years (and sometimes longer)… unless you’re the pope and then sometimes we make an exception. “What?” he or she might say. “Why so long?” Well, I’d like to break down the process for you:
- We receive the manuscript. Once we have a manuscript, it has to be reviewed by our production team. This can take up to six months. We receive hundreds of manuscripts per year and it takes some time to go through all those, much less decide if it will be published.
- The manuscript is accepted. Once we accept a manuscript, a contract with the author must be drawn up and any other additional rights or permissions must be obtained.
- Developmental editing. Sometimes a book needs a bit of style polishing, so one of our great developmental editors will work with the author to make their work the best it can be. This can take weeks or months.
- Copyediting. Nobody’s grammar or syntax is perfect, so the work must be copyedited. Depending on the length of the book, this can take a few months.
- Book design. The book design includes the trim size of the book, inside design specs, soft/hard cover, and cover design.
- Typesetting. Once it has been edited and the inside design has been decided upon, the book must be typeset. Typesetting is a delicate process and can take a month or two. It is more than just copying and pasting text. The typesetter makes the book look great and easy to read and it takes time.
- Proofreading. Once the book is typeset, the typeset manuscript and the copyedited manuscript must be compared to make sure that all corrections and style changes have been made. This can take up to several weeks.
- Author review. The author reviews the manuscript throughout these steps to make sure he is happy with the changes.
- Printing. Once a print order is sent to the printer, it usually takes about a month for the first print run to reach the warehouse.
- E-book production. Depending on the book, electronic publishing can take a few days or a few weeks.
- Marketing. Throughout the process, marketing works hard to find fellow authors to promote the book with blurbs for the back cover or reviews. Sometimes a book trailer is produced, as well, and other marketing strategies.
There are many other little details that go into getting your favorite book into your hands or on your e-reader, but I hope this gives you a basic understanding. We’re working hard to bring you what you love! Look for new books coming out soon!