This was going to be a post about my next book, but I got derailed writing the timeline for the THE MARK. I've always answered "how long did it take you to write it?" with "oh, about nine months and then maybe another nine to edit".
Oops. Here's how it really went:Oct 2005: start writing June 2006: first draft done June-Sept 2006: edit Sept-Oct 2006: have readers critique Oct 2006-May 2007: repeat above two steps…over and over again May 2007: begin querying agents, continue revising based on feedback August 2008: sign with agent Oct 2008: begin submissions to publishers Nov 2008: accept offer from Bloomsbury, discuss initial edits Jan 2009: turn in manuscript with initial edits Early Feb 2009: 1st editorial letter Mid-Feb 2009: turn in edits March 2009: 2nd editorial letter April 2009: turn in edits Early May 2009: receive manuscript, marked with copy edits May 2009: turn in copy edits Feb 2010: scheduled publication (tentative)
So it was more like three years. But who's counting?