How long does it take to write a book?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Publisher James Frey discusses how long it takes to write a book.

    Host: How long does it take to write a book?

    James Frey: Well, that's an interesting question. There are people that start with the idea of what they want to write and are pretty disciplined on a regular basis pursuing that objective of creating their manuscript for their book. We have people that have written and assembled their manuscript in several months. We also have people who have worked on a book for ten years depending on their work ethic and commitment, depending on the subject of the book and ancillary materials that go with it.

    So, I don't know that there is a clear, crisp answer. It's really like every book is a work of art and it's different from every other book out there. There maybe common themes, but the content of the book is different based on the writer. So, for some people it has taken a couple of months, for many people it has taken ten years and for some people after they start; the book never gets done.