Planning to Publish by Christmas?

pagesIf you plan to publish a book in 2012, the time is now. We know some self-publishing firms, like and have a quick turn-around time. They can help you make your book project a reality yet this year. But other firms are now making a “last call” for anyone desiring to publish this year. Here’s an example of a message I received last week: (This deadline for new manuscripts comes from Bookstand Publishing, but could just as well be from any of a dozen publishers who assist authors:)

September 7, 2012 – To Have Your Book Published and Available for Sale during the Christmas Shopping Season:

To have your book published and available for sale during the busy Holiday Season (i.e., your book available for purchase by customers from mid-November on) you will need to submit your new manuscript to us no later than September 7, 2012.

October 12, 2012 – To Have Your Book Under the Christmas Tree as Gifts

If you submit your new manuscript by October 12th, we should have no problem publishing your book and having your 48 paperback books (or 10 hardcover books) to you before Christmas 2012 so you can give them as gifts.

Please keep in mind that you may need to get your manuscript to us even earlier if you will require additional services, such as Copy Editing, Scanning or Custom Cover services.”

So whether you use a service like this, or use the “butt in chair” method of getting your book done, now is clearly the time, if you want to have it on the market by the end of 2012.

Ask any of us here at Freelance Zone if you get stuck. We all know good resources who might be able to help you.

Helen Gallagher

BIO: Helen Gallagher blogs at to share her thoughts on small business and technology. She writes about, coaches and speaks on publishing. Her blogs and books are accessible through