What Does a Professional Publishing Timeline Look Like?

If you want to publish a book in 2022, it’s time to get started.

Here’s why: The professional publishing timeline below has a March start date for an October 1, 2022 book launch. Take a look at this list of major publishing milestones:

March 2 – April 14 — professional copy editing, proofreading, and author review

April 14 — final manuscript ready in Microsoft Word

April 15 – May 12 — finalize book design, final revisions, and production

May 25 — author receives print proof for review

June 1 — pre-marketing begins—advanced reader copies (ARCs) to reviewers, etc.

August 29 — final book files (cover, print interior, ebook) are uploaded to retail sites

September 7 — pre-order campaign starts with advertising

October 1 — your book’s launch day!

Yes, you’re seeing that correctly. The optimal start date to publish a book for an October 1, 2022 launch is this week.

Every book has different requirements. Some projects move more quickly through the process while others require more time. This timeline offers a general sense of what’s involved and how long it takes.

Is it possible to compress this timeline? Yes, by about four months, if you remove the three months of pre-marketing and month-long preorder campaign. But pre-marketing and pre-order campaigns are important for a book’s successful launch. This is one of the biggest mistakes we see self-published authors make. They rush to market. They don’t leave enough time to market before they launch. Pre-marketing and pre-order campaigns are crucial.

We share this information because we believe in educating authors. Understanding timelines and best practices creates a strong foundation for publishing success.

If you want to publish your book this year, our team of experts can help. As a complete, end-to-end solution, Bublish offers:

  • In-depth consultations on publishing, positioning, and marketing your book
  • Ghostwriting, co-writing, manuscript read-throughs, and all levels of editing (developmental, line, copy editing, and proofreading)
  • Cover design, interior page layout, and eBook conversions
  • A complete suite of marketing and advertising services
  • Global distribution of all book formats (print, ebook, audio) to more than 40,000 retail and wholesale channels

We help writers become authors every day. Some start with nothing more than an idea; others have a partially finished or completed manuscript. If you want to publish your book this year, don’t wait. It’s time to get started. We’ll guide you every step of the way.

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