I’d like to share today, what it takes to get a novel from mind to page and then to readers. This is not an easy process. This is not simply “having time” to write a novel. It takes much more than a decent grasp of a language to write a book. Irregardless of the talent, it takes great strength of mind to come through the process and out the other side.
So, using the example of my novel, here is a general outline of the time and energy it takes. Through this process I had a part time job, was (and still am) a stay at home mother.
Phase 1: First draft.
Phase 2: Break. Think of the book as a good wine. It needs time to sit.
Phase 3: Revision. Consists of read through of the book, rewriting chapters as needed.
Phase 4: Second Revision. This phase usually consists of making the book cohesive, if the ending has changed.
Phase 5: I call this the ‘prose phase,’ wherein I delete most of the dialogue and give each character their own distinct voice.
Phase 6: Editing. Editing consists of grammar and punctuation so that the manuscript is readable.
Phase 7: Beta reader phase. Send off the manuscript to beta-readers and get their feedback. This can take longer than anticipated.
Phase 8: Implementing beta-reader revisions.
Phase 9: Final edit
Phase 10: Send to agents/publishers
From here on out, depending on the reactions that you get from agents, it can take another year for your book to be traditionally published, if you are fortunate enough to get a publisher. If you decide to self publish, the book can be on Amazon within the week.
So…the grand total…16 months of long hard days filled with work.
And at the end…joy.