From Manuscript to Bookshelves in how Long?

A little late today, but I’ll be bac,k on track tomorrow.

I just read an article about the writing processes of Diana Gabaldon and George R.R. Martin. I don’t need to inform you of Martin’s process because you likely know he takes his sweet time writing his books. Gabaldon is slightly different. She writes all the time, no matter what she has going on.

I know what you’re thinking. Just about every author today writes more than Mr. Martin. Eh. Maybe. But that’s not the point here. Gabaldon was asked when her next book will be released. “Six weeks after I finish writing it.”

Wait, what? How can a book be published just six weeks after the author finishes writing it? There’s editing and editing and editing and marketing and so many things that go into the publication of a book. But she was very adamant about the timetable. And it got me thinking. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of such a schedule from any popular author or anyone here on WordPress. It almost sounds like the timetable to self publish. Could this six-week rule be the norm? Or is it just something that works for her?

Tell me what you think about a book hitting bookshelves just six weeks after its author finishes writing it. I think it’s a little on the quick side.