Announcing the Birth of a Book: Welcome to the World, Blueberry Truth

August 14, 2011 | By | 9 Replies More

“How long does it take to write a book?”

I get asked that question a lot.

My standard answer is about nine months, or about the same amount of time it takes to make a baby. It’s a bit of a pat answer, but there is some truth to it. It does take, give or take, about that amount of time for me to get to a draft that reads like a real novel. Of course, that doesn’t take into account the various changes and edits that come into the process of polishing the book, first for submission and then later for publication.

I started my newly published novel, Blueberry Truth, about five years ago.

It began while I was noodling around with new ideas, something I often do. Noodling often ends with ideas that go nowhere, but sometimes a kind of magic happens. In the case of this book, a little girl named Blueberry began dictating a short story- “My mama named me Blueberry, because that what she like to eat when she have me, but my granny say ‘no baby be named Blueberry’ and she change my name to Truth.”

A bit later, the vivacious and wonderful Beanie came along to tell the rest of the story. And a book was born. It was written, at first, in multiple first person voices. A good story, but the narrative made for a choppy ride.

I put the book aside and worked on other projects, but the story kept pulling at me, along the advice of one agent who suggested I rewrite it entirely in Beanie’s voice. It took me awhile, but I finally figured the advice might be worth taking.  I rewrote the book.  I sent it to Etopia publishing. They liked it enough to offer me a contract. We went through a number edits, which took a few more months.  And, last week, Blueberry Truth was  out in the world.

So, from start to finish, Blueberry Truth took a lot longer than nine months. But I still like the “nine months” answer, though. Because having my book released did feel like giving birth.  Blueberry Truth is my baby. Maybe I should pass out cigars.

Blueberry Truth is available as an e-book through Etopia Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Omnilit.

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  1. drjodine says:

    I like the nine months answer, too, Ute! Your character’s name is Truth…. and I found your article refreshingly honest in your portrayal of what it takes to write a book. I smile when someone tells me they wrote their novel in six months. I wonder, how did they do that? Maybe the very first, very rough draft. My experience has shown that it took me anywhere from 2 – 7 years to get my finished manuscripts, something ready to be published.
    Congratulations…I’ll take one of your celebratory cigars!

  2. Fascinating post, Ute – it sounds a very interesting story!

  3. Ute,
    Congratulations on your release of Blueberry Truth! Wishing you lots of success.


  4. Jianne Carlo says:

    Great blog, Ute. I love the analogy and congratulations on the birth!

  5. Tara Lain says:

    Hi Ute– I adore the name of the book and the reason for the name. So great. congratulations! : ) Tara

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