When I look at a potential client at Greyhaus, one of the things I always look for is a knowledge of the business. Does this person really get how the whole system works. Needless to say, the awareness of the speed of publishing is always a good sign of someone who gets it. For those who don't know, or need a reminder, let's have a refresher course.
First of all, remember there is only one of me and a lot of you. That alone should say a lot.
Secondly, agents and editors have more on their plate than simply reading submissions. This includes, but certainly not limited to:
- Working with their current clients and their projects.
- Talking to editors about future projects.
- Discussing contracts
- Reading those critiques you always want us to do with your contests.
- Meet with marketing
- Meet with art departments
- Meet with each other
- Edit all of their client's work.
Assuming you do get an offer, now the details have to get to the business office, who write up the contract, discuss that with the big team, send it to you (or your agent), you review it, you send it back, they get counter signatures and then we can talk about revisions.
I think you get the idea of what is going on here. Part of the reason publishing your book takes so much time is that now, there are more people involved. In the past, it was just you. Now you have a team and everyone is seriously multi-tasking. Just becaus we are doing it electronically does not mean it moves any faster (other than the fact we don't have to factor in the postal service).