We have two guides to help clients understand book publishing timelines when working with AuthorImprints.
- Our 6-track, publishing process at-a-glance timeline illustrates 21 key publishing steps.
- Our matrix of major publishing tasks includes corresponding completion times in number of business days.
As a bonus, we also include information about Amazon publishing timelines for Kindle eBooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks. Please scroll to the bottom for details.
Publishing process at-a-glance timeline
- The entire process can be as short as 30-days.
- Dotted lines around a chevron mean the step is optional.
- Marketing and editing are managed separately.
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Matrix of major publishing tasks
The following timelines are intended to be illustrative. Your book agreement may specify other arrangements. This chart also does not reflect how long it will take you to review the materials we send you.
|Service or Task||Approximate time in # of business days|
|Editing||Timing provided with free quote|
|Publishing imprint name selection and setup||1-3 days|
|Design cover||7 days for concepts; 3-5 days for successive rounds|
|Interior book design||7-10 days|
|Interior book design proofing (PDF)||5-7 days|
|Order and mail printed proofs||5-10 days depending on shipping speed|
|Research and optimize metadata||2-3 days|
|Program eBook||7-10 days|
|Final review and remaining file changes||3-5 days|
|ISBN final assignment||1-3 days|
|Distribution setup||1-3 days|
|On sale in online stores||1-7 days following submission of files|
Note: Not all 21 key publishing steps are represented. Every book is different, and author requirements often influence pace and timing of each step. Does not include marketing-related steps, if any. Some tasks are completed concurrently with others.
Amazon publishing timelines
Always take into account the time that Amazon needs to publish your book, or to publish changes. These are in addition to AuthorImprints timelines. Click here for details.