We work submissions in the order they come
in and indicate a 90 day response time although it is generally 30 days
or so. We do get several hundred submissions a month so we are often a
bit stacked up, and of course we give precedence to working on behalf of
the clients we already have.
We do work query letters as they come in before working on proposals
and manuscripts and if they are clearly not a fit for us notify the
author then. If it passes that initial test it is logged in and it
takes its rightful place in line. The submissions are divided between
myself and my editorial assistants. We leave all former correspondence
on an email as it builds a record of the contact. These ladies have the
authority to ask for a proposal if they like a query, or a full read if
they have a proposal and want to see more. On occasion if they feel
changes need to be made in order for them to recommend it to me and
will ask an author if they are willing to make them. They do not accept
or reject, but they are VERY good and I am usually in agreement with
whatever disposition they recommend.
In the process we take the time to check the markets and see if there
seem to be some good possibilities for it before we are willing to tie
up a work. It slows us down, granted, but it also means we’re not
taking projects off the market when we don't have a realistic chance of
placing them. I came up through the author ranks, and I'm very
sensitive to not doing that to a fellow writer.
PLEASE NOTE THESE LADIES DO EDITING AND OTHER FUNCTIONS ON THE SIDE. IT
IS THE POLICY OF THIS AGENCY TO NOT RECOMMEND SUCH EDITING FOR FEAR OF
THE APPEARANCE OF IMPROPRIETY BUT THEY ARE LISTED WITH OTHERS ON THE
PROFESSIONAL EDITING LIST (http://www.terryburns.net/Professional_Editing.htm) AND ARE CERTAINLY FREE TO WORK WITH WRITERS OUTSIDE OF THEIR OFFICIAL
CAPACITY WITH ME.