In 2008, I received a contract from Blooming Tree Press for my romantic suspense novel. Needless to say, I was thrilled! I forwarded it to Elaine English to review, then contacted the publisher and asked her to consider the few items that Elaine suggested. After 4 months, I e-mailed to check and see if they'd had a chance to review what I'd sent. The suggestions were minor, and if they hadn't wanted to make any changes, I still would have signed it. While waiting for a response, I worked with my editor - it was a somewhat long process as I was working full time and in school, and she was working on her own books. The last time I asked for the status of our contract was December 2009...no response. I finished the edits a year ago. I recently sent the publisher an email formally withdrawing my manuscript as I felt the lack of response meant they were no longer interested in publishing my book. I have submitted to another publisher who is very interested. I realize that business plans change and if they no longer wanted to publish my book, that was fine , but the complete lack of communication is what bothered me.
Is this 'normal' for the industry?