Last year I got an e-mail from a major publisher about my first novel, a science fiction adventure, asking me if it was still available, because it had been sitting on someone's desk for 3 years, because this editor finally got around to reading it and wanted to kick it up to upper management. I was about to submit it to another publisher, but decided to agree to let the editor move it up the food chain.
Well, it's going on a year since it was "kicked up" and I'm still waiting.
Which brings me to my question.
How long does it take for "upper management" to make a decision?
I know publishers are slow, but this publisher has a rep for usually taking around a year at most, but it seems my novel will be historical fiction instead of science fiction by the time I get a decision.
Maybe I'm just being cranky because it's the anniversary of brief period of what appears to be false hope, I've got a bad cold, too much to do, and too little time. But if anyone can give me a clue as to how long publishers can take, I'd love to know.