It Takes Even Longer To Write Them, Andy

You can write an op-ed today that runs tomorrow, set up a Web site that sells toys in a day or two, get a million signatures and recall a governor in a couple of months. But for some reason, it takes two years to get a book published.

Andy Kessler rails about the amount of time it took him to get his book published, and what he did about it. His is a tale that is becoming increasingly common, it seems: an author self-publishes, sells copies through word-of-mouth and round-the-clock self-promotion, and then finally someone buys the paperback rights. But that still won’t make the paperback version come out any faster.