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Manuscript Progress

I got the confirmation postcard back from NY yesterday, which means someone at Bantam opened the envelope just 3 or 4 weeks after it arrived. I did scribble "Requested Material" fairly liberally all over that envelope.

I wonder how long it takes to open the unrequested packages. Months, I suspect.

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wahcrysob
Aug. 16th, 2006 02:59 am (UTC)
"Months, I suspect." If ever, from what I understand of teh backlog at places like Bantam. Good job though.
ironymaiden
Aug. 16th, 2006 03:29 am (UTC)
i remember reading somewhere that enough people use "requested material" falsely to get attention that it no longer gets you a better place in the pile.
the_monkey_king
Aug. 16th, 2006 03:34 am (UTC)
Man, I want a Black Mark on their Permanent Record. Actually, I'm fairly sure some editors do keep track of what they have and have not requested.

I went out of my way to pitch in person to get that "Requested Material." I think it probably does help, a bit, especially as I could talk about the pitch and awritersweekend conference and all that.
peartreealley
Aug. 16th, 2006 04:32 am (UTC)
Best of luck!

I just put a little "ATTN: Requested Manuscript" under the address. I wonder if it was noticeable ;)
the_monkey_king
Aug. 16th, 2006 04:59 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'll need the luck. I read Chapter 1 out loud last night and realized that I don't need any of page 8. It's all backstory that can wait at least three chapters. :(

Too late to fix for this go-round, but you can bet it'll be corrected next time this ms goes out on the town.
peartreealley
Aug. 16th, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
If that's the only flaw you see, I think you're in plenty of good shape :)
the_monkey_king
Aug. 16th, 2006 01:45 pm (UTC)
At this point, I see nothing *but* flaws. I'm sure I'll get over it, but man...
peartreealley
Aug. 16th, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC)
This is why I refuse to look at a manuscript that's out on submission. Worries caused about an issue you can't change (for that submission).

I also, generally, don't let anyone else read it after it's been submitted, either. (Mike was granted with the caveat of "If you see a major flaw, you must keep it to yourself until the manuscript comes back from the editor.")

the_monkey_king
Aug. 16th, 2006 05:02 am (UTC)
And hey, good luck on your read! Was it RIN that went out?
peartreealley
Aug. 16th, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
Yup! Sent RIN out on July 17th. Now, just waiting....
storytellersjem
Aug. 21st, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)
Depends.

If you have an agent or they requested it, it will be read faster than if you are submitting it through the slushpile (i.e. no agent and not requested but they are open to non-agented submissions).
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