I'm calling for authors of SF, fantasy, horror to post a timeline of events from the day the editor says "yes" to the day the book hits store shelves. I'd like to gather some data on what other authors go through, how long the contract negotiations last, how long the editing, copyediting phases last. I'd like to track title changes, cover art changes, and when in the sequence of events authors/editors/agents begin to seek blurbs, issue press releases, distribute advanced reader copies.
Build yor own, post them, comment here or email me at email@example.com
Be as detailed as you like. You can write a simple list of dates and what happened, or you can put down every day and what happened.
I posted my publishing timeline a week ago, and I've included links to my original Visio doc along with a couple other formats, SVG and VXD (XML format), and less useful but printable PNG.
Use any of these as a basis for your own timeline. I've placed them under a Creative Commons Share Alike license:
Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License
I have posted mine for SEABORN (http://www.saltwaterwitch.com) which will be out in July from Juno Books, roughly 14 months from the editor saying "yes," my agent and editor finalizing the contract, to the book hitting the stores:
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