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How Long Should It Take to Write a Book and Other Common Questions from Aspiring Authors

Updated: Feb 10, 2023

Most new authors are full of questions and a bunch of conflicting emotions. Writing and publishing a book has many steps but writing and publishing your first book can be overwhelming. So, let’s try to answer some of those common questions so you can start writing and worry less about the questions swirling through your mind.

How Long Should It Take to Write a Book?

Well, this isn’t a question has a clear-cut answer. The time it will take you to write your book depends on how long your book is and how much you write each day. So in essence, how long it takes to write your book depends on you. How much time are you willing to dedicate to it?

One thing I suggest is to work backward. When do you want to publish your book? If you’re going to publish in four months, then it’s going to take you six weeks to write your book because that’s how long you have. You want to add in time for editing, formatting, designing your book cover, and other aspects it goes into producing a book.

For example, if you can write 1000 words a day, about four double spaced pages, then it’ll take you 50 days to write 50,000 words. See how that works? You get to decide how long it takes to write your book.

How Do You Know If a Book Idea Is Any Good?

Researching your audience and making sure that the information you’re providing is top quality information that will provide value to their lives, makes for a good book idea.

When you write, you want to write with the reader in mind. You may be telling your life’s story but how is your story going to help the reader? Will it show them how to overcome a tragic event? Is it going to help them heal and love again? What will be the intangible thing that they leave with after reading your book?

What’s the Next Step?

Once you’ve written your book and published it, the next step is to keep marketing it and to get started on your next book. Studies and profit statements have shown that you’ll sell more books if you publish more books.

For example, let’s say you publish a book and it has decent sales. You publish book two and book one suddenly increase in sales along with book two sales. You write and publish book three, and then book one and two sales increase. And the same thing happens when you release your books in new formats. Release book one in print, and your eBook sales will increase. It’s all about marketing, exposure, and creating a name and a reputation online.

Becoming an author and selling books is work. It can be a full-time or almost full-time job. It can also be the best decision and business path you ever take. Your books help people and that’s a great way to make a living.

If you need help with writing and publishing your book, make sure you schedule a complimentary discovery session with me by clicking here.

If you’re ready to write your book and need step by step help with publishing it, make sure you grab the Get It Done Workbook. Click here.


Ashley King

The ‘Get It Done’ Queen helping people of faith tell their story by writing a book and maximize their reach through speaking and events.

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