You’re writing a book, and, of course, you want to have it published. How do you choose the right publisher? Every publisher gives authors a different estimate of time to get a book published and on the shelves. Publishing timelines vary based on many factors. 

What is Included in Publishing?

If a publisher tells you your book can be published within a few weeks, be wary. They probably mean just printing. On the other hand, publishing may or may not include the following:

  • Edit and proofread.
  • Rewrites.
  • Cover design and creation.
  • Develop description and metadata for marketing.
  • Research and develop a marketing plan.
  • Print advance copies of the book for reviews.
  • Negotiate contracts with distributors.

All of these issues affect publishing timelines. Consequently, you must ask each publisher what they provide and the timelines for each step. This gives you a better picture of how long it will take. 

DCP Publishing Timeline One for Assisted Self-Publishing

Dudley Court Press offers a new assisted self-publishing option as well as our hybrid publishing programs. The publishing timeline for Assisted Self-Publishing varies. The most common timeline looks something like this:

  • 7-8 weeks for copyediting, proofreading, and front cover creation. In addition, setting up Amazon product and author pages.
  • 7-9 weeks for layout and finalizing full cover, and creating an epub file.
  • Two weeks uploading the file to the printer, proofing, and approving print on demand.

It takes four to five months to get to a published book.

DCP Publishing Timeline Two for VIP and A La Carte Hybrid Publishing

We also offer two other publishing options. These provide more help to the writer. In addition, there is a greater distribution to all industry sales channels. Hybrid publishing gets books to distributors sooner. A hybrid publishing timeline is longer. However, your book gets more press and an optimal release date. During the process between writing and publishing, you also get more guidance.

Publishing timelines assume your manuscript is in its final stages. Books that require heavy editing or rewrites take weeks or months longer to process. For this publishing option, the timeline looks like this:

  • 7-8 weeks for copyediting, proofreading, and front cover creation. Also, submitting the description and metadata to the distributor to kick off marketing efforts.
  • 7-9 weeks for layout, finalizing cover art, creating an epub file, and continuing marketing efforts.
  • Two weeks uploading the file to the printer, receiving, and reading proofs. Approving for print, placing order
  • 6-8 weeks for a digital print run (or up to 14-16 weeks approaching the holidays).
  • Eight weeks before the publication date, books go to the distributor for processing and pre-orders.

The time to publication is usually nine to twelve months.

Choose the right publisher to make sure your final product is one you are proud to share. If you’re ready to begin your publishing journey, Dudley Court Press can help you get started.

Dudley Court Press

Dudley Court Press works with writers like you every day. As a full-service, hybrid publishing house, we help thoughtful people write their books to achieve publishing success. Contact us to discuss our VIP, A La Carte, and Assisted Self-Publishing options today. For more information, including about DCP’s latest programs, please reach us at +1-520-329-2729 or We’ve recently launched our latest program, Memoir Writing for Non-Writers. This comprehensive, 10-week course helps you turn your memories into a compelling memoir!