I've heard rumors that they're on the slow side, but I'm trying to decide how long to wait to nudge - does anyone have any advice?
I submitted a short to Undone and also (to a separate line) a novel (synopsis, 3 chapters) back in June. Got the standard "your submission has been received" emails for both subs. For Undone they said they'd get back within 3-4 months - for the historical novel, they suggested 24 weeks.
There was no response on anything (I checked the spam folder religiously!) by November so I plucked my courage up and nudged on both subs. The Undone was apparently lost - they could find no record of it being submitted, and I was asked to resubmit. I did so, got the standard submission received email, sat back and waited. That was a few weeks shy of 4 months ago.
Reply to the second nudge was that the editors are still looking at the synopsis and first 3 chapters of my novel submission. That nudge was just under three months ago.
Do I nudge again? It's been nine months for both subs now. I can understand that kind of thing for a novel (although it's just the first few chapters/synopsis) but I'm a bit surprised it's taken this long for a short story. I'm not really sure what to do next here. I guess I could nudge again but I'm starting to feel a bit disillusioned with them. Perhaps Harlequin has changed and no longer sends out a rejection (i.e. silence IS an R)? Or do I somehow have the same name as a Difficult/Pestering Writer? Or should I just be happy my writing is apparently (hopefully?) still under consideration and just leave things be?
I'm rather new at this so any advice appreciated.