By Debra Moffitt – Copyright, 2017
Or is it? My mind certainly thinks “patience” is a frustrating, pain-in-the-neck word. Patience, in a get-it-to-me-fast society is not something we’re encouraged to cultivate. But if you’re a writer, especially one who wants to make a difference, then you’d better hitch on your riding saddle and expect to stay on that horse for awhile to get to the destination.
A book averages some 80,000 words for fiction and maybe 70,000 for non-fiction. A thousand words a day can get you to a full rough draft in about 3 months if you work diligently. That’s the first part, the creative, exciting, frenzied drafting part. Then there’s the rewrite. Depending on how well you’ve thought out the draft and how smoothly it came together, a good rewrite can take between three months and a year. If you’re a fast-paced pro writer on a deadline with a good editor to guide you, the process can be faster.
Then comes the publishing. I’ve had three books published so far. All fell into the personal growth and spirituality genres. Making a shift now into fiction brings a whole new set of challenges. A new agent. Check. New books. Check. New publishers…on the way. In all, the whole process from writing a book to getting it published can take a year or more if you go the traditional route and if the winds of fortune bless you with happy publishing success.
Then come the readers. As I read more and more about book success, it’s evident that publishers expect authors to have a platform. Check. But when it comes to fiction, an author’s platform is our books! Readers become loyal to authors only through making a connection through our writing. It won’t happen before the book’s done. That magical connection takes place once readers discover the energy and feel of our writing.
So if you’re working on your next books, hang in there. Be patience and persistent. And remember Sarah Bamford Seidelmann’s quote from her soon-to-be-released book, Swimming with Elephants: “…things worth creating take time, love, and a big does of patience.” The Taj Mahal which took 22 years to complete was the inspiration for that quote. Happy writing! And check out upcoming Just Write! Live online July 8th to kick start your writing and Lake Annecy French Alps Writing Retreat October, 2017.
Copyright Debra Moffitt, 2017.