I sent a book proposal for one of my Boomer Sister book to a publisher earlier this year. MUCH earlier this year. Several weeks after sending the package, I got a confirmation note back, acknowledging they'd received it. I appreciated the confirmation - many publishers don't even do that. The date was April 1st.
Yesterday, 7+ months later, I finally got the long-anticipated "Thank you for your submission, but we are not interested at this time..." letter.
I know I'm in good company and just about every famous book ever published was rejected a million times by countless publishers (not that I'm expecting any of my stuff to ever become famous). I'm neither surprised nor upset by the rejection, and I wasn't exactly waiting around for their response. To be honest, I'd sort of forgotten about them. But what I can't wrap my brain around is why it took so long for them to make a decision.
I know it takes a while for a publisher to read and judge all the submissions they receive, but I can't believe it really needs to take seven months. If the author forgets about you by the time you make a decision, something's wrong with the process. Something's broken. And it's not just rejections that take a long time. A friend of mine had a book accepted by this same publisher - and it took 5 months before they replied to her. Call me impatient, but I think that's a pretty long time.
On the plus side, they returned the copy of the book I'd sent them. I think that was nice.
Thank goodness for Lulu!