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How long does it take to Write a Book?

How long does it take to write a book?  For a non-fiction book here is an idea of the timing as well as the steps for a successful book launch.

Month One

  • Analyze the competition
  • Keywords
  • Three goals for the book
  • Draft  the book outline
  • Identify existing materials that can be used in the book

 Month Two 

  • Completed book outline
  • Identify the audience
  • Identify the Best Social Media outlets
  • Ideas for book cover and book identity.
  • Collect and edit illustrative stories

 Month Three 

  • Drafts of four chapters
  • Set up Social Media Channels
  • Identify appropriate speaking venues
  • Identify the best publisher for the project
  • Hire cover designer

Month Four 

  • Rough draft completed
  • Schedule for social media created
  • Book identity and cover approved
  • Identify Beta Readers

Month Five  

  • Send draft to Beta Readers
  • Request book endorsements (back of book blurbs)
  • Blog about the book
  • Schedule speaking venues and classes

 Month Six 

  • Evaluate Beta Feedback
  • Send the book to the final copy editor
  • Set up blogs from the book
  • Send the book to the publisher

Month Seven

  • Book launch
  • PR for the book in legacy media channels
  • Social Media Ads
  • Post and ask for reviews on Amazon
  • Plan to continue the conversation

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Catharine Bramkamp is a successful writing coach and author. She has published over 300 newspaper and magazine articles in publications like Modern Maturity (AARP), SF Chronicle and Santa Rosa Magazine. She was a contributor to two Chicken Soup Books and has published anthologies of her work, non-fiction works and novels. Her work has also appeared in a number of poetry and fiction anthologies. She has experimented with the self-publishing world since 2001. She has published and self-published seven books through companies like Author House, author assist companies like 3L Publishing and through traditional publishers like Write Life. Her poetry collection, Ammonia Sunrise, will be released in August 2011 by Finishing Line Press and her mystery novel, In Good Faith will be released by Write Life in 2011. Catharine holds a BA in English from UCSB and a MA in English from Sonoma State University. She is a 25 year member of California Writer’s Club. She is an adjunct professor for the University of Phoenix. She works with authors of both fiction and non-fiction to make their dream of producing a book come true. For more information on that, visit her at Catharine has lived in Sonoma County for 25 years and considers wine a food group. She is married to an adorable and very patient man who complains he’s never featured in any of her books. Her grown children who are featured in a few of her books have fled the county.

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