I haven't posted about my editing adventure lately. We're still working through the first round of edits, which mostly involve taking out the passive verbs. We're only up to chapter 5. There are 16 chapters in my book. It is taking an excruciatingly long time. But then, why am I surprised? It's publishing after all.
Which brings me to my next (oh-so-tenuously-related) topic: response times on queries.
Who out there has submissions out? Raise your hands. And who out there has gotten a response this year within the expected response time window? Did all the hands drop? Mine did.
I finally received a couple responses last week. There were for mss I queried last year. Both were at least two months past the expected response time. (...and, in case you were wondering, both were rejections--one hand written though, and very encouraging.) I still have four subs out. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting
Can I get a collective UGH! I understand editors are slam busy and that every laid-off computer tech between Bar Harbor and Silcon Valley has suddenly decided they've always wanted to write a book. All I'm asking is that publishers change the estimated response time on their website! If I'm not going to get a response for seven months, just let me know. I can wait; I'm a patient person. (ok...I'm not, but I've learned to pretend after six years writing children's books.)
In other news, I think I tore my meniscus. Playing soccer. AGAIN! So, says my friend who's a doctor, "Please don't hate me, but do you think maybe it's time to...er...stop playing soccer?"
Yes, it's probably true. But I LOVE soccer. When I'm playing, I forget about all the day-to-day stuff and concentrate on one bouncing ball and the back of one net. Tennis is fun; volleyball is great. But they're just not the same.
Anyway, I'll probably get my knee scoped in the next couple weeks. It's been a bad year for us, medically and otherwise. I'd recap it all, but it would only depress me. However...
...in good news, Hailey comes today!! :) My beautiful step-daughter who now lives in DC will be with us for a week, mostly camping and fishing. We plan to celebrate both the July birthdays this weekend and have lots of family get-togethers. Now, I just have clean the house.