View Full Version : How long is a good sign?

10-20-2006, 08:04 PM
Please tell me what is a good sign a pub is interested in your manuscript.

I have one pub that has had mine sine Aug 1st and 4 others since Sept.

:flag: mp

Kate Thornton
10-20-2006, 08:57 PM
Book or short stories?

Books - I think you're usually looking at 4 - 6 months for replies of any kind

Shorts (depending on guidelines) 10 minutes to 6 months for replies.

It's different with every publisher in every format & genre. Does your publisher have a website you can check? Or published guidelines which give typical response times?

Best of luck - as long as it's still out there, it's still under consideration!

10-21-2006, 05:01 PM
I've found that many magazines didn't bother to reply to my short story submissions despite the SASE. (Yeah, they were probably that bad.) It was hard to know when to scratch a particular publication off the list, counting its silence as rejection--especially after I got a funny letter from a magazine which had bought out another and found my manuscript (submitted to the predecessor, inappropriate for the new magazine) wedged between the wall and a desk which had clearly not been moved for several decades. I'd submitted it about two years earlier.

Maryn, who guesses those stories about piled manuscripts are true

10-22-2006, 06:58 PM
thanks for the answers I have written an 18 chapter young adult and up manuscript and am worlking on the sequel planing a trilogy so I' wonder what's up while I drive on at home. MP