Thursday, September 4, 2014

How Long Does It Take To Write a Novel?

by Yvonne Lehman @YvonneLehman 

Well, a lot depends upon how soon you learn the craft, practice your creativity, talk face-to-face with editors and agents, get a good critique, learn to self-edit...


Is that all?

No! Then there's what to do with the novel-- get it published traditionally, eBook, self-publish...

And then there's Social Media... Which? What? Why? Where? How? Blogs? Websites? Newsletters? Interviews? Launches? Tours? Signings? Loops? Groups?

akes forever to learn all that doesn't it? Well, not really, if you attend a conference where you're exposed to all that, learn from the pros, fellowship with other writers, retreat from the world, brainstorm, incorporate into your novel what you learn, and at the same time enjoy the beauty of the western North Carolina mountains.

For ACFW attendees (or any "group" of writers), I'm giving a special discount for the Blue Ridge "Autumn in the Mountains" Novelist Retreat. See faculty, classes, contests (Gold Leaf awards), critique information at: or contact me at

Discounts are:
1-3 enroll from a group get $10 off tuition = $315
4-5 enroll - $20 discount = $305
6-7 enroll - $30 discount = $295
8-9 enroll - $40 discount = $285
10  enroll - $50 discount = $275

Bring your writer friends for inspiration and improving on the skills with which God has gifted you - whether you're a beginner or published.There's something (a lot!) for all.

Looking forward to seeing some of you here!


Yvonne Lehman is an award-winning, best-selling author of more than 3,000,000 books in print, who founded and directed the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference for 25 years, is now director of the Blue Ridge “Autumn in the Mountains” Novelist Retreat. She mentors for the Christian Writers Guild. She earned a Master’s Degree in English from Western Carolina University and has taught English and Creative Writing on the college level. Her latest releases include eight ebooks for Barbour’s Truly Yours line and a Harlequin/Heartsong series set in Savannah GA: The Caretaker’s Son, Lessons in Love, Seeking Mr. Perfect, (released in March, August, & November 2013). Her 50th novel is Hearts that Survive – A Novel of the TITANIC.

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