contact us

Use the form on the right to contact us.

You can edit the text in this area, and change where the contact form on the right submits to, by entering edit mode using the modes on the bottom right.

PO Box 26287
Colorado Springs, CO 80936
United States


Publish Your Way! BelieversBookServices provides professional publishing services for today's independent author.




Filtering by Tag: launch plans

Timelines: How long does it take?

andrew mackay

Publishing timelines are a significant source of confusion for many authors. "How long does it take?" "Can I have my book by Christmas?" "I have an event in three weeks, can we be done by then?" I get some version of these questions nearly every day.

For perspective, I want to start you with a timeline drawn from the traditional publishing market:

From idea to book proposal to your literary agent: 1-3 months
From agent to editor and book contract offer: 2-5 months
From contract offer to first paycheck: 2-3 months
From contract to delivery of manuscript to editor: 3-9 months (sometimes longer)
(From delivery of manuscript to editor actually working on it: 2-5 months)
From editor to publication: 9-12 months
— From Steve Laube:

Publishing a book the traditional way takes a long time. There are some reasons for that. For instance, did you know that book reviewers (even in electronic media) want an Advance Review Copy at least 4 months prior to the book's launch date? True fact. Supply chain issues, marketing issues, and even when readers are likely to buy all play into a traditional publisher's planning.

That brings us to the Indie industry. You know, where you can have your cake and eat it too? How long does it take to publish a book?

The answer: it depends.

It depends on the services you need and the level of attention you want or can afford. For instance, you might have a manuscript that isn't ready for prime time. You might hire a developmental editor to work on it. They may spend 1-2 months revising and commenting on your manuscript. You might then spend another 1-2 months rewriting and working on your manuscript. Then, there's copy editing, design and typesetting, legalities, and distribution setup to handle. All of that happens before you have a book ready to print.

On average, BelieversPress takes 4-8 months to get a project from manuscript to available to the world.

And keep in mind, that's without a single thought for marketing. You can't afford to do this without a marketing plan that starts well before your book launches and continues until... well, until you hang up your author hat. 

So, how should you plan?

  • Start marketing early. This sounds dirty, but it isn't. Serve the people who need your content. That's good marketing, and everyone benefits.
  • Write the best book you can.
  • Don't commit to major events until you have completed, at least, the typesetting and cover design phases of pre-production. That way, you're sure to be close to finished books, and you have great art to use in your presentations.
  • Write the best book you can.
  • Create launch excitement: host a party, talk to local media, do everything you can locally, easily, to let the world know your book exists.
  • Write the best book you can.
  • Lastly, don't rush. You want the book to be great. Even if you have to publish a month later than you hoped. Put the time in to make your book great. Your readers will thank you.