How Long Did it Take to Publish The Very Hungry Duck?


One of the questions people like to ask is, “How long did it take to write and publish your book?” In this episode of Beyond the Written Page, I share how long it took to write, illustrate, and publish The Very Hungry Duck

Believe it or not, I find this a hard question to answer. In the video, I share the length of time in months. But it’s hard to “quantify” that time, because when I’m in the middle of a project, I don’t think in terms of hours and minutes. I focus in on the project, and get so caught up in it that I lose track of time (and of other responsibilities I should be taking care of).

And each project is different, so each book I work on will have a different answer. The story/rhyme for The Very Hungry Duck came together very quickly. (In fact, I tell you exactly HOW quickly in the video–be sure to watch it 🙂 )

But very few stories fall into place that way. Most of them require more time for the story line or the right wording to come together. 

That’s one of the things I love about stories, and about writing them. Each one has a unique “story” behind how it comes together.

I hope you enjoy learning a little bit about the story behind The Very Hungry Duck. And if you have any questions, please post it in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer.

2 Replies to “How Long Did it Take to Publish The Very Hungry Duck?”

  1. Mrs. Seward,
    You are a very interesting writer. I am so glad that you finally started getting your works published. I love watching you talk about your personal experiences in writing because you are so animated when you speak. It is very clear to your audience that you love what you are doing. Thank you for being such an inspiration to others who are interested in all aspects of being a writer.

    1. Thank you, Fubsyma! I appreciate your encouragement. I am very passionate about what I do, and I think that it comes out a lot when I talk or share about my “work.” I like to “live out loud” and share my experiences (and all that I’ve learned from them) in hopes that I may encourage others to do what they enjoy and enjoy what they do. Thank you again for your inspiring comments:-)

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