I submitted 33 A.D. to a (fairly big) publisher back in mid-2007 and never heard from them. I moved on from this a long time ago. I went out and published my book myself, and it has done pretty well, most would say. At least for a self-pub, anyway.
So imagine my surprise when I received this email today:
Dear Mr. McAfee,
Thank you for your patience as we kept your novel under consideration. I recommended your novel for serious consideration, and it made it to the Publisher’s desk. After much consideration, however, we regret that we will not be able to find a place for it in our lineup.
We can accept fewer than one percent of the manuscripts submitted to us, and constraints on our time and resources make it impossible for us to respond even to such high-quality submissions as yours with the close and individualized attention they deserve.
We do wish you the best of luck with the novel.
Wow. Four and a half years between submission and rejection.
Okay. Well, thank you for letting me know. I appreciate it…