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July 2014 Came up with the idea for a new story
and wrote a synopsis.
Sept. 2014 Pitched the idea to a publisher at the
June 2015 Heard from the publisher -- who's
offering a contract. Woohoo!
July 2015 Receive contract and start writing the
Sept. 2015 Fill out paperwork for cover art direction.
Dec. 2015 Receive first peek at cover and give
Jan. 2016 Receive final of cover art but am not free to reveal it until February.
Feb. 2016 Full manuscript is due.
Mar. 2016 First round of edits.
May 2016 Second round of edits.
Sept. 2016 Receive a box of author copies.
Oct. 2016 Release.
So from idea to shelf it took 2 years and 3 months. Think about that next time you whip through reading a book in a marathon overnight binge.