How long does it take from idea to publication?
Dear M. I.
Thank you for your questions. I chose to answer this one now and hopefully I can get to the others eventually. For me, the idea often comes when I'm working on another story. I let it stew and mull it over as I'm working on a different story. Sometimes, they come to me fully formed and other time the ideas take a while to settle into a story. I do have a notebook and record the ideas so I don't lose them. I will admit that some ideas don't take root while others hit me like a load of bricks.
Once an idea really catches on, I form the basics of the story idea and then it waits for its turn to be told. Depending on where I am in my writing, that can be one to two months. Once I start work on a story, the actual writing takes me about three weeks or so to complete the initial draft. Then I go on to another story and let that one clear from my mind. Beta readers get a chance to look at it, and then I make revisions and begin the process of preparing the story for submission. The post writing process takes about a month and then I submit.
Basically, the story I an writing right now is for March of 2015. I like to be working eight to nine months ahead of publication. I can tell you that this varies by author. Some need pressure and work closer to deadline. I like to avoid that if possible.
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