My esteemed former colleague Shelby Peak has written a tidy breakdown of ye typical book production schedule, When’s that book coming out? It’s based mostly on her current day job, which is at a large academic publisher, so I’d love to hear others chime in (ouch?) on how the timing in other contexts differs.
As you can see, much of the schedule depends on the length of the manuscript. Let’s work out an example: If you have a 132,000-word manuscript, this is approximately what the schedule will look like.
132,000 words = ~528 ms pages = ~352 final book pages at a trim size of 6? x 9? (Warning: Very rough castoff! Can vary widely depending on the text design!)
- Copyediting 5 weeks
- Copyedit review However long the author takes. I usually ask for a 3-week turnaround.
- Typesetting 4 weeks
- Proofreading 5 weeks
- Printing 6 weeks
- Shipping 1 week (domestic); 6-8 weeks (overseas)
So our totals are, roughly:
Domestic printer – 6 months
Overseas printer – 7.5-8 months
You may have noticed that I used the longer amount of time when I gave a range. This is partly to account for administrative tasks and partly as a “buffer” against the many small (or not-so-small) problems that can arise and cause delays. . . .
Lots more details in Shelby’s post. Why are you still standing there? Go! There’s not a moment to be lost!
Photo: cover: Nancy Drew–The Secret of the Old Clock * Carolyn Keene by Carla216; some rights reserved.