View Full Version : How many publishers did your agent sub to?

08-06-2008, 12:51 AM
Just curious, and trying to kill some time.

08-06-2008, 02:25 AM
First book, first publisher, 6 months.

Other books? So far, not so lucky. :D However, we're nowhere close to despair territory, most of my others have been rejected once or twice and are onto the next. One she just got so it could have that golden "first try - sold" glow on it, too. We'll see.

There really is no average, though. I've seen 6 months, I've seen a year, I've seen longer.

I accepted long ago that this is a hurry up and wait business, and once the property is out of my hands, I forget about it. This makes my follow up on shorts none too swift, but it also means I'm busy writing the next things and submitting them. :Shrug: It works for me.

JJ Cooper
08-06-2008, 05:30 AM
First book - fiction. Submitted to three of the bigger publishers on the first round. Offer made by Random House within three weeks.


08-06-2008, 05:34 AM
First book - YA fiction - we started with four pubs and received an offer from Delacorte/Random House within a couple of weeks.

KC Sunshine
08-08-2008, 08:34 AM
Mine is currently with 5 publishers on first round submission. Sent to them a week ago.

12-09-2008, 01:12 AM
Mine is currently with 5 publishers on first round submission. Sent to them a week ago.

Good luck!!!

12-09-2008, 01:16 AM
...initial sub list contained 20 publishers.
Think we've gone through most, by now.
Funeral services for the manuscript will inevitably be held shortly.
All welcome to attend. (Open casket ceremony.)

12-09-2008, 02:06 AM
First book sold to first publisher -- children's nonfiction. Thereafter, other books from 1 month to 24 months.

12-09-2008, 04:10 AM
First book (that the agent tried subbing, but not the first I'd written). Subbed to six of the big houses. Offers from three, all within a month of getting the book.

12-09-2008, 07:03 AM
Good luck, Tom!
My first novel, literary, revisions completed to my agent's satisfaction June 24. Manuscripts sent to 10 editors June 26, interest from several editors, sale on July 1. We considered an auction, but the offer was too good.

I didn't believe it then, not sure I believe it yet.

Shady Lane
12-09-2008, 07:38 PM
I think it was something like 18...and I got an offer after 4 or 5 rejections. Went on sub in March, sold in July. First book.