re: Have I Waited Too Long to Submit Post-Conference?

posted 2/27/13

Dear Editor…

At a SCBWI conference, I had an art director show interest in my pb dummy, however she wanted to see some changes. I have made those changes, but it has taken me five months. May I submit the ms and dummy to her at this point? Or should I submit it with the SCBWI sticker used for conference attendees to the “acquisitions” dept. and send her a follow-up letter it is submitted the usual way? It is a long time after the usual three months. We did connect via email about this project, and she was interested. Which way to proceed? Thank you for your ideas.

Sincerely,
Lisa

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Dear Lisa…

Build on the connection you’ve already established – send that revised dummy to your art director contact. Five months is fine as long as she put no time limit on submissions from that conference. I wouldn’t even give it a second thought before six months. An explanation is in order, though, if you take longer than six months. At a year, you’ve pretty much missed that boat. The art director may question your ability to produce in a timely manner, or she just might have left the company altogether. There’s a lot of house jumping in publishing.

Happy writing!
The Editor

P.S. For more on this topic, read Picture Books, Submissions
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    1. Lisa Chaikin-Johnston wrote (on 02/27/13 at 12:26 pm) :

      Hi Deborah! I kind of thought I could approach her, but I wasn’t sure about it. I’m excited she liked it in a rougher state. Now it shines in blazing color! I will go ahead and take the plunge and submit it to her.
      Thanks as usual for the great advice. Maybe your ears ring? I talk about Dear Editor all the time!!!

      Warmly,
      Lisa

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      The Editor replied (on 02/27/13 at 10:19 pm) :

      Happy to weigh in, Lisa. Good luck!

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    2. Laura C. wrote (on 02/27/13 at 5:45 pm) :

      That’s really good advice. Good luck to Lisa!

      (I wonder why there’s so much house/agency jumping in publishing. Are they unhappy? Do they see a chance to make more money? Hmm…)

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      The Editor replied (on 02/27/13 at 10:17 pm) :

      For many people in publishing, Laura, it’s quicker way to move up the ladder than waiting for an in-house promotion. And it’s fairly easy since so many publishers are in New York—you don’t have to relocate your family, just take a different train to work.

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      Laura C. replied (on 03/01/13 at 1:20 pm) :

      Thanks for clearing that up for me. :-)

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