If you’re considering publishing your book with Publishing Parrot, you may want to know how long the process takes. While the process is unique to every client we work with, in this article we’ll give rough estimates.
But before we do so, we need to emphasize that our primary concern is the quality of your book, not how quickly we publish it. We don’t offer a conveyor belt style of production at the expense of craftsmanship. Your book is too important to cut corners.
We advise our clients against rushing the process just to get the book out as soon as possible. In fact, we even encourage them to slow down, take their time, and make sure it’s the best book possible!
A professionally-written and produced book is worth more than a dozen mediocre hurried books. Just like an old-fashioned tailor takes as much time as needed to make a bespoke suit, so do we focus on the craft, not factory-like rigid deadlines.
How Long Does It Take to Get a Book Published with Us?
Stage 1: Discussing the project
Takes up to a week
Whether you want to turn your blog, podcast, video channel, raw notes, rough outline, or a finished draft into a high-quality book, this stage typically takes a few days. We assess the content you have, learn about your expectations, offer ideas, determine the scope of our services, and answer any questions you might have.
Stage 2: Creating the first draft
Takes up to several weeks
Depending on the complexity of the project and the target word count, the phase during which we turn your content into a book usually takes up to several weeks. Our writers need time to familiarize themselves with the content, make sure that they understand the goals, perform the actual work, and edit it before sending the first draft for your review.
Note: This is for jobs that involve turning existing raw content into a book. If you already have the first draft ready, we immediately move on to Stage 5.
Stage 3: Your review of the first draft
Takes up to a couple of weeks
This stage is 100% client-dependent. If you move fast, reviewing a book can take you a few days. If you’re busy or want to take things slowly as you digest the first draft bit by bit, the phase takes up to a few weeks. We don’t rush our clients during this stage, preferring they focus on quality over getting the project finished as soon as possible.
Stage 4: The second draft
Takes up to two weeks
Our writer works on the second draft of the book according to your feedback. Depending on how many and what type of edits are required, this phase takes up to two weeks—including your review of the second draft. If only minor edits are needed, we can move to stage 5 within a couple of days.
Stage 5: Copy-editing
Takes up to 2-3 weeks
During this phase, our editor polishes the book, focusing on aspects like flow, grammar, typos, confusing sentences, inconsistencies, etc. This is one of the key elements of our process. A professionally-edited book is key to exceptional results. Once the book is edited, you take another look at the manuscript and provide any final feedback before we move on to the last content creation stage.
Stage 6: Final proofreading
Takes up to two weeks
During the final editing stage another editor proofreads the book, making sure that it’s free of errors and ready for publication. We always perform two rounds of editing by two different editors (in addition to two initial drafts) to catch as many issues as possible.
To sum up, the six stages of content creation may take anywhere from two months up to 4-5 months. If you already have a draft, we can help you get it ready for publication within roughly 2-4 weeks. This is for the content creation part of our service. If you’re interested in purchasing add-ons from us: cover design, book formatting, book description, etc., here are rough timelines for each of the services:
Cover design: after sending the cover brief, depending on how fast you review the initial cover concepts, the entire process takes up to 2-3 weeks. We can work on your e-book cover while we create the manuscript. We can create the final print cover only when the book is formatted.
Book formatting: creating an e-book version of your book takes on average 7-10 days. Creating a print version of your book usually takes up to 2-3 weeks depending on the book length. We can’t format your book until the final manuscript is ready.
Book description: it usually takes no more than a few days to write a punchy, powerful book description that will help sell your book. We can write the description after the first draft of the book is done.
Audiobook production: it takes up to several weeks depending on how long your book is. We can’t work on your audiobook until the final version of your book is ready.
Marketing services: we suggest between 4 to 12 weeks to help you find early reviewers and prepare the book for a successful launch. When the book is published, we suggest at least a week-long launch during which we’ll promote your book and help you kickstart sales.
When your book is ready for publication, it takes up to a couple of days for all the book retailers to process your book submission and make it available for purchase. In most cases, once you hit “submit” in your Amazon KDP dashboard, you can expect your Kindle book and paperback to be live within 12 hours. Audiobooks take longer to process. It takes up to 2-3 weeks before the audiobook is live.
All in all, the process to publish a high-quality book may take up to 6 months. In the case of shorter books, 3 months is a feasible target. If you also want us to help with marketing your book, for best results add another month to three.
As we’ve emphasized in the beginning, it’s better to take things slowly and make sure the book is as good as it can be. While we’re happy to help you publish as many books as you’d like, we’d love to see excellent results with the first book you publish with our assistance!