Since publishing my first book and learning more about the self-publishing industry I learned how important it is to publish regularly. Especially in the Romance genre. Romance readers tend to binge read books and the faster you can release them the better. But even if you aren’t writing in romance it is important to keep putting books out into the world to make sure your readers aren’t forgetting about you. To maximize how many books I am writing a year I created a production schedule. A production schedule is a way to plan out how many novels you are going to write either for the year or within the next 6 months are so. When you are going to write them? When are you going to edit them? and when are you going to publish them? If you want to you can also plan out your budget during this time. There are a few things you need to find out before you create your production schedule.
1.How fast can you write a first draft?
This is super important when creating a production schedule. If you aren’t sure how long it’s going to take you to finish a first draft how can you plan for editing and publication? For myself I usually plan six weeks to write my first draft. I can usually get it done in a month but I always schedule a couple extra weeks more as a buffer. Find out how long you think your book will be and divide that by how many words you can write. Add a couple weeks as a buffer and there you go now you have a estimate for how long it will take.
2.How long will your book take to get edited?
Being self-published means finding your own editor and most good editors can be booked for months in advance. This was a surprised to me the first time. I reach out to my editor in April and she said she couldn’t get to my book until July! Welcome to the world of self-publishing. Make sure to reach out to your editors in advance and get a timeline of when they will be available to work on your book as well as schedule for your own self edits.
3.Plan for the unexpected
Give yourself plenty of time for unexpected things to come up. Most of us have full time jobs and/or families and you aren’t going to be able to stick to your schedule all the time so plan for this. Add a couple weeks for holidays and be realistic about when you are available to write.
Once you have all the information you need list out how many novels you want to write this year. You don’t have to have the titles for all of them. I usually just name my novels E-book 1, E-book 2, E-book…. Write what months you are going to draft, what months is the manuscript with your editor and when will you be able to publish it. So without further or do here’s a look at my general production schedule.
*Subject to Change*