Friday, August 01, 2008

The July Monthly Wrap-Up

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Wha? Huh? Oh, sorry. You caught me sleeping. You see, I'm a dad, now, and our little boy is a hungry beast who wakes up many times a night demanding to be fed. Granted, mom does most of the heavy lifting in that department, but I have my job, too. I'm the lucky guy who gets to get up first and change the monst—cute little guy's diaper. On a good night, I manage to avoid having him pee on me.

Needless to say, the reading has slowed down a bit, at least for me. The summer interns have ripped through pretty much all of the sample chapters and proposals that were here as of July 3rd, and I just need to wade through their memos and then there's going to be a bit of a bloodbath while we reject things or, more often than I would bet, request more material. But for now, here's where we stand:

In July, we...

Received 47 queries and rejected 35;
Received 9 requested sample chapters and rejected 1;
Received 2 proposals and rejected 0;
Received 1 manuscript and rejected 0.


We currently have the following on-hand to read:

2 full manuscripts from potential clients, plus I'm in the middle of reading one from a current client and another on deck;
1 self-published book (Yes, Bill, it's yours and we got both copies, and I got your call and we'll respond to the material as soon as we have read it);
6 proposals;
52 sample chapters.

We are currently awaiting:

1 full manuscript;
3 proposals;
20 sample chapters.

Generally speaking, the reason we post this data is so that you can determine where we are in our reading and whether or not you should have heard from us by now. For example, if we say the oldest thing we have on hand is from March, and you know you submitted to us in January, then chances are we responded and you didn't get it. Send us a note to follow-up. However, if you submitted in, say, June, and we are still reading March, then there is no way you would have heard from us. Because of my paternity leave, very little material was read and rejected in July and we still have on hand material from March. Today or next week, I will be reading the interns' reports on the sample chapters and likely passing on or requesting more on quite a few things, so keep an eye on the mailbox.

As always, we can't respond to calls to follow-up with us. Use Delivery Confirmation from the US Postal Service to ensure your material got to us. Check this blog to determine where we are in our reading. Don't resubmit unless you know we didn't get your material.

Thanks.

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