Optional Track: After six weeks have passed since you sent off the first box of pages to Publisher A, many authors suggest you send off a box of pages to Publisher B, for their consideration. This is the kind of sprinkling -vs- dunking, infants -vs- adults arguments Baptists love. Especially Baptist writers. Do what your own heart tells you, but know that Simultaneous Submissions are a bone with some.DO NOT do simultaneous submission, unless you say in your cover letter that you are doing so. Many publishers will automatically reject anything that they know is a simultaneous submission - but they won't remember your name. If a publisher accepts something that THEY DON'T KNOW is a simultaneous submission, and you have to reject the offer because a different publisher already accepted it, they WILL remember your name... and share the story... (If you ACCEPT two offers for first rights, they will also sue.)Optional Track: After six weeks have passed since you sent off the first box of pages to Publisher A, many authors suggest you send off a box of pages to Publisher B, for their consideration. This is the kind of sprinkling -vs- dunking, infants -vs- adults arguments Baptists love. Especially Baptist writers. Do what your own heart tells you, but know that Simultaneous Submissions are a bone with some.A BOOK? Six weeks? This is a joke, right?After you finish a book and send it off, the next thing you should do is start another big project. Maybe another book. Maybe remodel your entire house.On your first book, if you haven't heard anything in six MONTHS then send a polite letter of inquiry to the same publisher.(Warning: this next paragraph is based on talking to editors in the FICTION sections of major publishing houses. Non-fiction may be different - or not. Small publishers may be different - or not.)Eventually, most likely, you will get a rejection slip. At the major publishing houses, rejection slips are a mass-produced item. If it contains a list of possible reasons for rejecting the book, AND ONE OF THOSE REASONS IS ACTUALLY CHECKED, this is an amazingly good sign. A slushpile-reading session, which is unpaid overtime, averages 20 books per hour per reader - AVERAGE three minutes per book, including the time spent drinking coffee and going to the bathroom and sharing the really good stuff and the real howlers with the other people at the session. The time to put a checkmark on your rejection slip is a big effort in that kind of session - if your book PASSED the first reading (which puts it into the top 2% of manuscripts submitted) and the checkmark came later, that's a HUGE effort on the publisher's part. If there are actual handwritten words on the rejection slip, take them very seriously - if they are a suggestion for improvement, do it promptly and resubmit to the same publisher (and preferably the same editor or reader) within a month, and say in the cover letter that it's a resubmission based on suggestions from a previous rejection slip. That will almost automatically get your book past the slushpile.YOU WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY NOT have any say in the cover art, back cover blurb, or anything else about your book. If such issues even come up, congratulations!
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