Tuesday, March 22, 2011
How Long Should I Wait for a Reply?
You did it. You fought your fear and submitted your manuscript to a magazine. Now every day you check your e-mail 27 times hoping for a posItive reply. Okay, it's 107 times, but who's counting?
How long do you need to wait before asking the editor for an update about the status of your piece? The general consensus here is 4-6 weeks (longer if you are submitting to a book publisher). Editors are busy people, and often just need a little time to catch up.
More often than not, however, I've found that editors have not even read my piece when I contact them eight weeks later (which is how long I usually wait). But how do you give them a nudge without seeming desperate or rude?
Here's a little example:
- Dear Editor
- Thank you for allowing me to submit my piece to (name publication).
- Since it has been a few months since I submitted the piece, I was wondering if i could simultaneously submit it with another publication.
- I would still love for the piece to work out with (name publication). Thanks again for considering it.
Your turn to chime in. What's been your experience in corresponding with editors? What have you learned?
PS - What do you think of Erynn's new blog design? I love it!
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