Writing Thirteen Books in One Year
From starting the first word to hitting ‘publish’, how long does it take you to finish writing a book?
When I self-publish, it takes 60-90 days for a full-length novel, and 2-4 weeks for a novella, nuts to bolts. When I publish with a traditional small press, it takes anywhere from six months to a year from the first word to publication.
Ok, then let’s talk about your book covers. Do you have more than one designer?
LOL! No! Only one. I have used Kim Killion for every single cover, with the exception of The Wedding Date, my Kindle Worlds novella. When I ask Kim to do my covers, I send her the purchased art work and a complete Powerpoint or Paint mock-up of the cover right down to colors and suggested fonts. She puts it together and polishes it for me. My covers take 24-48 hours on average to complete. Katie says: Oh, so you’re, like, organized and stuff. MAKES SENSE.
That’s a pretty intense rate of book release. How long do you plan on keeping this pace going?
I have no idea. I guess for as long as possible, though it’s been an enormous amount of single-minded dedication and huge amounts of work. I guess I’d like to slow down a little and maybe publish 6-8 books next year. Katie says: Right, like the rest of us humans. I’d be entirely happy with 3. The problem is, when I’m in the middle of a story, I’m very driven and compulsive about finishing it, so I write very fast…plus, I feel very lost without a project. That combination equals a lot of books!
Your recent release of The Vixen and the Vet hit #1 on the Amazon charts. (I read it, BTW. Lurved it.) Describe that feeling in 12 words.
It’s not as euphoric as you’d think because it’s still very fleeting. <— impressive 12 words.
Book covers and accolades aside, have you paid for the braces of your editor’s children?
Katie, you are a riot. Prolific writing unfortunately doesn’t equal prolific sales, but I’m working on that. By now, I *might* have paid for a Fluoride treatment. LOL!
Outline a typical Katy Regnery day for me.
1:00 am Shower and bed
Advice for authors who can’t write 13 books a year but still want to be successful, myself included.
Writing 13 books a year isn’t typical, it’s nuts.
Figure out what your heart wants to say and be true to your voice. Whether it takes 23 days or 23 months or 23 years to write the book of your heart, that’s the book you’ve got to write, how long it takes is irrelevant. Readers will only respond to your writing if they’re reading little glimpses of your soul. That said, Bella Andre once told me: “WRITE MORE BOOKS. It’s the only road to success.” Obviously I take her advice very literally! LOL!
Bottom line: Katy Regnery literally writes her brains out.
Thoughts, guys? How many books per year do you have a goal of putting out?