Have I Waited Too Long to Submit Post-Conference?


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


  1. 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!!!


  2. 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…)

    • 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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