Not exactly. Just as writing a book worth reading can be a slow slog, designing and producing a great book takes time. Preparing a finished, fully revised manuscript for the world to read involves a long series of steps, many of them unknown to authors who are going through the publishing process for the first time. From formatting to cover design to font selection to ordering an ISBN, every part of this operation demands strict attention to detail. The overall process is linear, but every stage of production requires recursive steps to check and recheck language, design, and many other elements for accuracy. And all this is part of the reason why, for us, the entire process of publishing and launching a work takes twelve months or more—and why, for major publishers, this process can take as long as two years. But when production is complete and the book’s final proofs are approved, most authors feel it was worth the wait—even if it took longer than expected.
written by Robert Pruett, Publisher