Worried your novel is taking “forever” to hit the shelves? Take heart from these five women authors! (Check back next Friday for men authors.)
In 1926, Margaret Mitchell broke her ankle. Because she was bored sitting around, she began writing a novel. Gone with the Wind was published ten years later.
Audrey Niffenegger began writing The Time Traveler’s Wife in 1997. She finished in 2001, but it took another two years of searching for an agent and publisher before the finished product was in her hands. From idea to publication: seven years.
Helen Hooven Santmyer spent nearly ten years writing ...And Ladies of the Club (published when she was 88 years old!).
Anna Lee Waldo spent ten years researching and writing Sacajawea.
Jane Yolen took nineteen years to write Stone Silenus. It took her twenty years to write Dragon’s Heart. Despite this, she has written over 200 books! She works on more than one manuscript at a time. On her website, Jane Yolen claims she has unfinished manuscripts that’ll probably take even longer to complete than the two mentioned above. Yeesh. She is one patient writer!
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Can you add other women authors to the list? If you are published, how long did it take you to write and publish your novel? If you’re unpublished, how long do you expect it to take?