It’s fine. There’s nothing wrong with it. It just takes forever, and because I was done some time ago, I keep missing things and having them bounce back from the ever patient commissioning editor.
And then, today, I saw this:
from the amazing Hyperbole and a Half webcomic blog genius thing. Thank you, Allie. And this sums it up perfectly, although academic books take even longer. Three babies, in fact. Or most of one one school kid. Seriously, my co-author was pregnant when we first pitched this thing, and her daughter is walking, talking and generally being a kid.
Of course, she talks back less than the book is doing now.