How To Write And Publish A Book Faster: A 4-Stage Process

writer racing an hourglass trying to publish a book faster

To produce quality work, book-writing and publishing inevitably take time. But there are things you can do to speed up the process and publish a book faster.

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If you have an idea for a book, you’re probably eager to get that idea on paper and get it published. You probably also realize that book writing and publishing can take a long time, sometimes several years.

But does it have to be that way? If you’re wondering how to write a book faster, I have good news and bad news.

Table of Contents:
Ideation stage
Book map
Rough draft, no edits
Editing

First, the bad news: It’s unlikely you can write a quality book in a few weeks. It’s not impossible, but that timeframe may not allow you to fully develop your idea, organize it well, produce strong prose, and conduct thoughtful edits.

The good news is, you can absolutely speed up the writing process and publish your book in months — with the right strategy.

If you want to write a book quickly, there are tried-and-true processes that can guide you. (The Book Professor® is here to help you nonfiction writers).

Ideation stage

Don’t set yourself up for a long slog right from the start. Before you write anything, your first step should be to develop your ideas and plan your book.

If you start writing without a plan, you may end up scrapping or rewriting much of your first draft as your ideas develop. Those rewrites tack weeks or more onto your timeline.

It’s best to begin with a purpose statement for your book — a statement that clarifies who you are writing to (the audience) and what your book will do for that audience (purpose).

For example, you might write a book targeted at young entrepreneurs (audience) to help them avoid common entrepreneurial pitfalls (purpose). Or, you might write a book for those with a chronic illness (audience) to give them strategies for managing the stress of their illness (purpose).

Develop your purpose statement first. Anything else would be putting the cart before the horse.

Book map

Once you know your audience and your purpose, you must decide what material to include in the book. High-quality and well-organized material makes the difference between a book that fulfills its mission and one that falls short.

5 Steps to Self-PublishingCorralling your free-floating ideas into a book structure takes time. This is where some authors make mistakes that cost them bundles of time later on. You don’t want to get halfway through the first draft of your manuscript and realize you have to drastically change the organization of your content or factor in large sections of new copy.

This is where a book map comes in. A book map spells out the information you will include, and in what order, for every chapter. It expedites the writing process because you avoid massive first-draft rewrites. Plus, knowing what information to place in each chapter helps you sidestep writer’s block. You can’t have a mental block about what comes next if it’s planned out for you.

Rough draft, no edits

One of the most important strategies to help you write a book quickly is to write the entire first draft without trying to edit it along the way.

Writing and editing are two different skills, and you’ll move faster if you don’t switch back and forth between them as you’re trying to get your first draft done.

The best editing happens when you can step back and see your book as a whole. That can bring clarity to things like the balance between information and anecdote, how you handle your tone of voice throughout the book, and a host of other things. Try to edit these things during the writing process and you may find yourself redoing those same sections again later.

Editing

Some authors face delays in publication because they aren’t sure how to find an editor. Not only do you have to find one, you have to be sure they’re a good fit.

Do they edit up to publishing standards? Do they have experiencing editing books in your genre? Then you have to negotiate the timing and pricing of their work. This is all before they’ve even glanced at the first page of your manuscript.

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In the end, publishing can be just as much work as writing. Finding a publisher, working on cover art, securing an ISBN, and many more tasks will add to your timeline. You could spend ages learning about all these things online, or just work with someone who already knows the process inside and out (fortunately, we know just the place!).

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