How Long Does it Take to Write a Book?

By Ann McIndoo


Have you ever thought of writing a book? How long have you been thinking about it? How much progress have you made? I meet and talk to people every day who want to write a book. They always ask, how long will it take?

For many people, it’s not the process of writing a book that is so daunting, but the time required to complete it. After all, who has time to sit down and write a book?

I’ve asked hundreds of people, “How long do you think it takes to write a book?” The typical answer is anywhere from 3 months to a year. I then ask, “How long do you think it would take YOU to write YOUR book?” These responses are very different and also vary enormously, from “I don’t know, six months,” to “two years” to “a decade!”

Here’s the answer: Writing a book takes as long as you decide it is going to take, and there are no minimum number of pages, either – a book needs only as many pages as it takes to say what you want to say. That’s right, publishers today are looking for quick, easy to read books.

People are always surprised to learn that writing a book doesn’t have to take a long time and are amazed when I tell them that they can complete their first manuscript in about 8 weeks. That’s what my book, “7 Easy Steps to Write Your Book!”, is about, getting your book out of your head and onto the paper, quickly! I show you how you can create your book in a short time by getting off to a great start and continuing to move forward in easy, bite-size steps.

After assisting authors produce more than 1,000 books, writing four books myself and now in the process of ghostwriting my ninth book, I have found the following to be true; your book will become a reality:

  • As soon as you truly decide to take the first step and take it
  • When you know your vision, outcome and purpose for your book
  • When you know who your audience is
  • When you are prepared to write

Just like any important project, being prepared and knowing your outcome is critical. The more prepared and clear you are about your book’s purpose and audience, the faster it will be completed.

So ask yourself the following questions:

  • Why am I writing this book?
  • How am I going to use my book?
  • Who is my audience?
  • Where is my audience?

Now for the million dollar question: What organization, committee, company, group, hospital, insurance company, school, institution, agency, club or society can use your book? Wouldn’t it be great to sell 500, 1,000 or better yet, 10,000 copies of your book to one organization – it’s certainly much easier and profitable than selling 10,000 copies of your book to 10,000 people, one at a time.

Open up your phone directory’s yellow pages and start with the “A’s”. Begin looking through the listings and circle those companies that would benefit from the content of your book. These are your first customers!

To your writing success! - Ann McIndoo Your Author’s Coach

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