It Should Take No More Than a Year To Finish a Book and Sell It
I actually thought it would be much faster than this. I thought I’d dash of a book, give it a thorough going over to pick up any spelling errors that the computer missed. (Since I’m the worlds worst speller, I’m not sure how I thought this was going to work.) Then I’d send if off to an agent who would take one look, fall in love, and pounce on my manuscript. Within weeks I’d have a contract, and my book would be on the shelves within six months of that time.
Boy did I have a lot to learn. I had no idea that agents might take weeks or months just to look at your query, and then if you’re super super duper lucky they might ask to see a partial or full and take months or more to look at that. And that’s just to get to step one.
Does anyone have any tales of woe or triumph about submission times?