Winding up this week, sorry I missed posting yesterday (and I even have content to use!) but I spent a good 4 hours on the phone and when I wasn’t on the phone, I was trying to get some urgent items on my to-do list taken care of. But submissions are always at the forefront of my mind, so I thought I’d share some statistics to cap off the week.
Manuscripts offered contracts to date: 19
Rejections sent to date: 198
Revise/resubmit letters sent: 10 (0 returned so far, but I’ll remain hopeful since it’s still early days)
I have another batch of probably forty rejection letters to send and 2 new contract offers to deliver with more coming next week! Yay! That puts us at about 8% acceptance, which is actually pretty high, so I’m impressed with that number, especially considering the stringent approval process these books are being put through.
All November submissions should get a response by next week, with two exceptions: any that were reissue submissions, and those manuscripts the acquisitions editors are still taking a closer look at. So we’re still within the 8 week time frame, and definitely within 10, despite the holidays. That time frame will actually be shorter now that I’ve added another editor and the holidays are past so we all have more time.
I know authors often wonder about the timing of sending in manuscripts so I’ll give you a little inside tip: right now, the editors and acquisitions team are flying through submissions and they are hungry for quality books. Since we’re still concentrating on submissions, and a lot of the editors haven’t entered into the editing phase yet, now is a really good time to submit and see a quick turnaround time from submission to response. We’re currently, as I said, finishing out November and many December books have gotten responses as well. The reason it doesn’t go in exact chronological response order is because I send books to editors based on not just date of submission, but also their reading preference. Since some editors read faster than others, and some genre categories had more submissions than others, or some genres have a larger number of team members reading them (like historicals, we had a lot of historical submissions but probably twice as many people who love that genre, apparently) we moved more quickly through those than through others.
I know authors also like to know what in particular a publisher is looking for, but I’d have to list most every genre because the reading tastes of the acquisitions team and editorial crew is amazingly diverse. And since we’re a new publisher, we’re looking to fill slots in all genres. I will say that historical submissions fairly get snatched up because nearly every member of the acquisitions team is a fan of historicals, as are at least half of the editors. On the other hand, several editors and acquisitions team members love erotic romance, science fiction romance, fantasy and steampunk and we’ve had some minor skirmishes over things coming in for those genres. And we’d love more contemporary romance. And paranormal romance. And futuristic…well, see? You get the point. A little bit of everything!
So that’s where we’re at with submissions. If you’ve got any questions about the process or turnaround time (please don’t ask about your specific submission, however) I’m happy to answer in the comments!