A possible publishing journey:
Jan: Ink wants to publish a kid’s chapter book. Ink has a completed manuscript.
Jan: Ink submits to an agent and publisher with a query letter. *weeks pass until a rejection from both parties is emailed back*
Feb: Ink decides it’s time to get educated and attend a conference.
Feb: Ink signs up for five pitch slots at the conference with editors and agents, and practices the pitch.
April: Ink’s brand and story gets interest of one editor, who requests a partial manuscript sent over. *weeks pass before the editor accepts*
May: Ink is excited, but takes time to learn about contracts before signing one with the publisher.
May: Ink endures on a long, back-and-forth journey of editing to satisfy the editor, who also makes sure the marketing & book production team is on board and has a plan of action. *months pass before book is ready for production*
Dec: Last minute designs, layout, and proofs are analyzed before going to print, ebook, and audio production; a distribution plan is in place. *months pass by*
April: Ink receives a copy of the book and is ready to promote the book and usher people to purchase it in bookstores, and request it at libraries.
June: Ink thanks everyone involved and starts to think about another story.