Book Publishing Timeline

Book Publishing Timeline

Publishing with Butterfly Press

Manuscript-to-Book Timeline

Depending on the publishing package and services you choose, our publishing process may take as few as 45-120 days for our Bronze, Silver Meta & Gold Publishing Packages — one of the fastest turnaround in the supported self-publishing industry!

The steps below summarize the timeline your book will follow from submission to finished book. Please note that submission estimated timelines are for online submission only.

  • Manuscript Submission Confirmation

Your manuscript will be confirmed to make sure that it is long enough and in the correct format for Butterfly Press to produce. Submissions that are processing through Editorial Evaluation should allow additional time for the review process.

  • Cover and Book Design

You can expect the cover and book block proofs within two-three weeks from the time your book enters production.

  • Author Proof

This is your chance to check the proofs. You are given up to 14 days to submit any changes or corrections. The faster you return your proof form, the faster your book will be completed.

  • Revision and Publication

Our designers will create the graphics that will appear in our online bookstore once the revisions have been completed. This part of the process takes roughly 10 days. Your book will be available in the Butterfly Press bookstore when this step is complete and your author copy or copies will be shipped at this time. You can order additional copies with your author discount from Butterfly Press.

  • Book Distribution in Channels

Your book and title information will be sent to Books in Print and the wholesalers and online booksellers who will be distributing your book. Bookstores update their catalogs on different schedules, so it generally takes approximately four-to-six weeks to have your book available at all online booksellers.

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