Does anyone know where we're at now in terms of wait periods for the pop ups? I've got two outstanding - one that's been in purdah for slightly more than a year, the other eight months (which I think was the sort of period RK Capps mentioned a while back?).
You should definitely attend a huddle, Andrew. I’m actually going to schedule two for January, so you should be able to get in easily.
The backlog issue needs to be addressed, and I’m thinking about it. It is actually a common problem across the industry – agents who don’t respond for months, or who obviously haven’t read your submission when they do. Both are symptoms of over-supply.
One of the (very) unexpected qualities of Pop-Ups is that the overall standard of submission is significantly higher than the typical publishing “slush pile”. This is actually a complicating factor, because it means that we can’t do a quick-and-dirty pre-vet, discarding the obvious no-hopers. We don’t get many really bad ones!