I think I’m safe in saying that the publishing industry is the slowest moving business there is. If there’s anything out there that moves any slower please let me know. I’d love to hear about it.
SO, how slow is the publishing business, you might ask?
A year ago I sent out a synopsis and sample chapters to a publisher I’d dealt with in the past. I don’t like to appear impatient so I’m usually content to wait for word to come.—would they like to read the whole manuscript or do they want to pass. My patience really doesn’t grow thin because I’ve been through this so many times that I know it doesn’t help to impatient. But now that all the work is done on my novel I can concentrate on some of my other submissions. A year seems extremely long for a synopsis to be gone although I believe I did wait eight months to receive word that Nimbus wanted to read the entire manuscript for “Bitter, Sweet.”
Today I decided that I’ve waited long enough. I sent a quick email off to the editor asking if my submission is still under consideration and I also asked how they would feel if I sent out queries to a few other publishing houses since I hadn’t mentioned in my initial query that it was a multiple submission. Now of course I know I’m free to send queries off to other publishing houses (it is my work after all) but I figured it couldn’t hurt them knowing this. Perhaps that way they’ll let me know one way or the other— sooner rather than later.
I promptly received an apology from the editor telling me that he’d look into it and that I was free to send it to other publishing houses because it was their fault for taking so long. So a day off work today has proven to be very productive for me. I’m going to do up a proposal for a few other publishing houses sometime this week. At least now I’m moving forward again!