How to Tell If a Publisher is Interested

Recently a client contacted me about a manuscript that had been submitted to several of the top publishers. His first manuscript had been picked up right away but this one seemed to be lagging behind. He wondered if “no news is good news” on this front.

The answer is yes. Publishing has changed quite a bit over the past several years and response times can be much slower. Generally, rejections are provided fairly quickly. Any time lag in response often means someone at the publisher wants the book; they just have to go through a series of hoops before getting full and final approval.

So, take silence to mean that a publisher is interested…they’re just trying to figure out where the book will fit in their lineup, how the marketing department will handle the work, or a host of other issues.

Meanwhile, keep working on the next book!


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