Readers, how long do you think it takes your favorite authors to write each book? Days? Months? Years? Let’s find out what some of our InspyRomance authors do. By the way, if you haven’t read these featured books, be sure to click on the book cover images to be taken directly to Amazon where you can buy the books or leave a review.
One randomly selected commenter will be gifted a free ebook copy of Call You Home, the very last novel in my Savannah Sweethearts series. How long do you think it took me to write that novel? I’ll tell you at the end of this blog post.
“This one took me about 8-10 months to write, mostly because I was arguing with God for some time about the content. Obviously, I lost the argument. I can write a book of this length (~40K) in 6 weeks, usually.” – Ginger Solomon, author of Her First Love
“Two years because of research, interviews, and how heartbreaking the subject. I wrote a novella in between.” – Janet W. Ferguson, author of The Art of Rivers
“My fastest is 30 days from first idea to publish-ready book – that was my 35k novella A Lesson in Love, which was in the Love Blossoms boxed set. My longest – that would be The Real Thing, the final book in the the series. I’ve started working on that every winter since then, and it’s STILL not finished. It does have a LOT of dud first chapters. Normally, at least 2 months and sometimes longer. Recently published books were co-authored – Alexa did the first draft, I’m taking them from there to publish-ready.” – Autumn Macarthur, author of A Lesson in Love
“My latest release took about 6 weeks from start to publish. The actual writing time was 4 weeks I think (keep in mind, this was while my kids were still in school, so I had a good chunk of time each day to write). It’s about 41k words long. It was also ‘easier’ to write since it’s book 4 of a 5 book series, so I knew the characters fairly well. Although I did have a hard time editing because of a suggestion my critique partner made (which was a good one and necessary), but it made me have to switch scenes around and pull out my hair. LOL. FYI, I have 2 critique partners whom I trade chapters with on a regular basis, so I edit as I go. And I had my proofreader lined up, so I had a deadline to meet. Plus, the fact that my kids were getting out of school soon gave me the motivation to finish.” – Liwen Ho, author of At First Spark
“I released a novel in April, What Makes a Home, that took the better part of a year to complete. I kept getting stuck until I wrote the epilogue first and was able to visualize the rest of how it should play out to get there. But last year’s Christmas novella only took 2 1/2 weeks! I heard God speak, asking me to fast from reading while I wrote it and He would give it to me faster and better than anything I’d written to that point. He totally did!” – Jaycee Weaver, author of What Makes a Home
There you have it, readers! Samples of the writing processes of some of our illustrious InspyRomance authors. What do you think? Does knowing how long or short a time it took them to write change the way you feel when you read their books or when you interact with them online?
As for me, my latest novel, Call You Home, has taken me a few years to complete, from draft to polished book. From the time I wrote Know You More, the first book in the Savannah Sweethearts series, back in 2014-2015, I knew that chef and restaurateur Piper Peyton was going to get her own book. Unfortunately she had to wait ten Savannah Sweethearts years, or four real life years, before her story is published.
I outlined Call You Home in 2016, wrote the draft entirely by pen on paper in 2016-2017, took a hiatus in 2018, and then I began revising it in 2019. When I was done with the book, it went to my copyeditor-proofreader, plus two other proofreaders, and also a few of my trusted early readers. From concept to publication-ready, it spanned three years of my life.
Don’t forget to comment for a giveaway of one copy of Call You Home to a random name. The giveaway ends on August 16, 2019 (Friday).
Happy reading, everyone!