How Long Does It Usually Take To Publish A Book? Find Out Here

It typically takes the average person about six months to write a book, but the process of publishing the book can take much longer. If you are an author who wants to publish your book, then it is important that you know the steps for the publishing process. This article will outline the typical process of book publishing and give some insight into how long it actually takes.


This whole thing starts with submitting your work to the developers. Acquisitions are the first steps towards publishing a book that lasts for a longer period. You need to get your work noticed by the right people, and acquisitions are where that happens. The acquisitions department is under a publisher’s wing, which helps them in getting the best out of their authors.

To submit your work, you will be asked to fill in a form, which asks for various things like your name, email address, and the details of the book. You need to submit this information along with several chapters from your work so that the acquisitions department can decide if it is something worth publishing or not.

The acquisitions process usually takes anywhere between two weeks and three months, depending on how long they take to analyze your submission before deciding whether or not it should go ahead through acquisitions. Once you get approval through acquisitions, then come editing, which many authors find very annoying (I know I do). The editors make sure that everything is working perfectly well by making changes wherever needed according to their own judgment standards.


Editing is one of the most important parts of a published life. It is what turns a book from an idea into something that can be sold to the world as real and ready for consumption, but all editing does not have to take place in publishing houses with editors looking over your shoulder telling you these changes need to happen, or here’s where it needs more description.

The editing process begins very early on in the writing stage, preferably before you start typing out the rough draft. You should always plan when you’re going to write certain scenes, who will appear and speak in them (and how they’ll do so), plus any major plot points at least one chapter ahead of time if possible just so that editing can begin sooner rather than later.

Here are the things that are usually going to get edited in this process:

  • Cutting out certain parts 
  • Reshaping some scenes 
  • Fixing the dialogue 
  • Fixing grammar errors 
  • Fleshing out characters 
  • Removing tropes and clichés that don’t fit the story. 
  • Make sure that it makes sense as a whole, especially if there’s a lot of editing involved
  • Fixing any plot holes/unanswered questions 

This process lasts for as long as it needs to, and doesn’t necessarily have a set time limit. It’s something that you work on whenever editing seems necessary until everything is perfect for your eyes.

Design And Typesetting

This part of the publishing process is often overlooked, but it’s an important one. The design and typesetting of your book can make or break it. A well-designed book will look good on the shelf and be easy to read. Poor design, on the other hand, can be distracting and difficult to read.

The design process usually starts with the creation of a cover design. That is what catches people’s attention and makes them want to pick up your book. It’s also important for marketing purposes because you want your cover to stand out from the crowd.

Once the cover is designed, the interior layout of the book is created. This includes formatting all of the text and setting up chapter headings, footnotes, etc. The typesetter will also design the copyright page and possibly the title page, depending on how complicated your design is.

This process usually lasts about a week, depending on the design and layout requirements.


A final check before it’s all ready is the exhausting process of proofreading. This is where you and your team of proofreaders comb through the text to find any errors, typos, grammar mistakes, incorrect information. It’s important that this step is done thoroughly, as even a small mistake can be glaringly obvious to readers.

Proofreading usually takes around two weeks, but it can depend on the length and complexity of the book. During this time, you’ll want to have one or more final reads yourself to make sure that all the changes have been made correctly. After proofreading is complete, your manuscript will be ready for publication!

This is a very important part of the process of book publishing. If proofreading is not done thoroughly and correctly, it can reflect very poorly on your brand as an author. It lasts a long time and is a very difficult process for everyone involved. 


Now that everything’s ready, it’s time to print the book! This process is where they will print the pages and bind them together, creating a finished product. This process usually takes around two weeks.

During printing, a “press sheet” will be created with all of the book’s pages. This press sheet is then cut into smaller pages that will be bound into books. These small pages are called “signatures,” and most printers can bind between 16 and 32 signatures per hour.

Once the printing is complete, the books are sent to a warehouse for distribution. From there, they’ll be shipped to retailers and sold to customers. It usually takes about two weeks for a book to make it from the printer to store shelves!


Officially publishing your book is the crowning moment of this. This is usually followed by promotional tours, signings, and other events to help get your work in the hands of potential readers. This process usually takes about six months to a year, give or take.

During this time, you’ll need to have your book formatted according to publishing standards, create a marketing plan, and line up blurbs from credible sources. You’ll also want to make sure that you have an ISBN assigned to your work and that it’s listed in all the major online retailers.

Book publishing is a hard and exhausting process that is very rewarding in the end. It all starts with acquisitions and the longest process is editing your work, making it better. Once it’s done, it’s time to do the design of the covers as well as the pages and a final proofreading process to make sure there are no mistakes made. After all that, it’s time to print your book and publish it, which you’ll need to support with promotional tours, commercials, and signings. All this takes at least 6 months, if not even longer. Stay patient and good luck!