Over the last 23 submissions I've sent out, the guidelines said anywhere from no response to 9 months. Here's the breakdown of how many (and the %) for each:
- (any number of months) IF INTERESTED (this usu. equates to a "no response"): 5 = 21.7%
- 1 month: 1 = 4.3%
- 2 months: 2 = 8.7%
- 3 months: 3 = 13%
- 4 months: 1 = 4.3%
- 5 months: 2 = 8.7%
- 6 months: 8 = 34.7%
- 9 months: 1 = 4.3%
The most popular listed wait time is 6 months and "if interested." AND...the response times I actually received were:
- within a week or less: 4 = 17%
- 1 to 5 months: 6 = 26%
- no response: 13 = 57%
SO...the most popular response is "no response". Sorry, that's just the way it is. Three of the four responses that I received in a week or less were e-mail submissions. The fourth one was an e-mail in response to a MAILED submission, AND it was THE OFFER!!! It makes all the "no response" responses well worth the wait!
So, if you have something out there, don't worry about it. Just WRITE THE NEXT BOOK and keep on submitting.
TODAY'S QUESTION: If you have (a) manuscript(s) out there, how many? And are you working on your next book? (I have 5 things on submission. Soon to be six again. And working on my next seven books (revising) as well as new drafts for the shiny 4+ ideas next up on the list.)
Keep on keepin' on...