A full work takes roughly ten years for many published authors I know, including myself. Yes, ten drafts and at least a year of genuine editing. The first draft of a book is not the final version; it's just the starting point for future edits.
I guess you could say that every book has multiple drafts before it's finally printed.
The beginning of a book project is always much funner than the end. That's when you realize how much more there is to write and that you might never finish. The beginning also tends to be more exciting, as you don't know what will happen next in the story. Also, the ending is usually planned out before you start writing, so it's harder to predict how it will all play out.
Of course, you can't talk about book drafts without mentioning rewrites. I try to avoid using the word "rewrite" because it can be a scary thing for writers. But basically, a rewrite is when you make major changes to a piece of writing after you've already started. This may sound strange, but sometimes an original idea has such potential that we can't help ourselves and have to explore it further. When this happens, we may find that the initial idea isn't working and needs to be changed or removed completely.
The time it takes to create a novel varies depending on the author, but a publisher normally allows an author one year to complete each novel in a middle grade book series. A first draft may be completed in around 12 weeks, but with editing time, most works can be completed in eight months. It also depends on the complexity of the story; stories that include complex characters and multiple plot lines can take longer to write than those with more basic elements.
In terms of revenue, it usually takes around $800,000 to publish a middle grade book. However, some books do make more than this, while others less so. The main factor here is popularity: if there is not a large demand for your specific genre of book, then no one will want to buy it.
In conclusion, writing a middle grade book involves planning ahead and creating a work schedule that allows you time to write every day. You also need to choose interesting topics that are both creative and educational. Finally, you should be aware of the market and what types of books are popular so that you don't try and sell something that no one wants to buy.
If you're writing your first novel, the common rule of thumb is to keep the word count between 80,000 and 100,000. While anything above 40,000 words can be deemed a book, 50,000 is considered the minimum novel length. Anything below that and it's not considered a novel.
When you write your second novel, the common rule of thumb is to keep the word count between 120,000 and 140,000. Again, while anything above 60,000 words can be deemed a book, 70,000 is considered the minimum novel length.
Books are usually written in chapters. A chapter is any piece of content that is sufficiently large to be able to be read on its own but also allows for further exploration of the topic through additional research or reflection. Most books are divided into chapters. When writing your third novel, the common rule of thumb is to keep the word count between 160,000 and 180,000. Anything above 90,000 words can be deemed a book, 105,000 is considered the minimum novel length.
A book takes a long time to write. It's not easy to estimate how long it will take you to write a book because there are so many factors involved in creating one.
Anything more than 110,000 words is considered excessive for a fiction work.
If your goal is to publish a book that will sell many copies, then you need to write a book that will appeal to a large audience. This means choosing a topic that people are likely to want to read about, or writing in a style that will catch the attention of a broad group of readers.
Books are judged by their cover design and also by their content. So if you want your book to look good and have interesting material inside, then it's worth spending time on both aspects of your book.
The layout of your page should give an idea about how much text there is. So if most pages are around 200 words (or less) then you should think about changing your story or removing some elements to make it shorter.
Long books tend to be written in stages so they can be finished easily. Short books are usually written all at once so they can be finished as soon as possible.
A short book may only have space for a summary, while a long one could contain a full description of the main events with further details included in the notes section at the end of the file.
Every author has a method that works for them. Some swear by three drafts, while others think ten is the golden number. Consider the genre you're working in, your writing experience, and why you want to create a novel as you design your own method. Then, follow it.
6 months I'd guess on average, but it also depends on what you're writing. I've just hit 45000 words in the novel I'm writing. It'll be around two years old when it's finished.
That's about 150 pages. It's not an awful lot of page-turning entertainment in two years!
I think if you were to estimate how long it would take, you might be surprised by the result. This is because no two writers work at writing novels in the same way. Some do outline each chapter before they start writing it while others write straight away without any planning at all.
However you choose to structure your time, there will come a point where you need to stop and consider what you've written so far. Do some research if necessary and make any necessary corrections. Then type up your story using proper sentence structures and avoid using too many adverbs or adjectives. You should be able to complete a first draft in one sitting if you're working alone and don't have anything else to worry about.
But even if you do all of that, there's still a chance that your manuscript won't be accepted by an agent or publisher. So you might want to give yourself more time than that.
Most publishers consider a book to be "novel-length" if it contains between 50,000 and 110,000 words. At a recent writers' conference, publishing veteran Jane Friedman stated that 80,000 words is enough for most fiction, 60,000 words isn't novel length territory, and 120,000 words is likely too much. A book can be longer than 120,000 words without being difficult to read.
A book can be shorter than 50,000 words. Some novels are reduced to shorten their length while others are not. Shorter works tend to be called novelettes or short stories rather than novels.
Book length varies according to genre. Nonfiction books range from 1,500 to 4,500 words while scholarly essays often run between 6,000 and 10,000 words. Poetry collections are usually about 100 lines each. Novels typically range from 20,000 to 150,000 words.
The word "novel" comes from the Latin word novum which means new. A novel is therefore: "a new story".
Before the 19th century, a novel had to be long enough to contain an entire story. In other words, a novel was always longer than today. Because of this constraint, many early novels were actually collections of related stories instead of one continuous narrative. For example, François Rabelais published his five volume Gargantua and Pantagruel in 1532-35.