Dear Miss Snark,
My agent reports that an editor at a major publishing house is taking my manuscript (fiction) to her next editorial meeting. How often do these meetings happen? If you had heard this kind of thing from an editor, when would you expect to learn the results of the meeting? What does it mean if two weeks pass with no word?
Thanks for this and any other insights you can share about this part of the process.
Well, I'd find out when the next meeting was and give her a couple days to polish up her excuses about why my book wasn't mentioned, then I'd call her.
This is a good step actually. It means the editor wants to acquire the book. It's nowhere near a slam dunk that this will happen. LOTS of people go to those meetings and they all have agendas and it's easier to say no than risk yes. Some companies have these meetings once a week, some once a month. My favorites have none; they just buy it.
All that aside, it's Christmas season here in the 212 and we use this as an excuse to not do anything at all between Thanksgiving and ..oh...Valentines Day.
You're gnashing your teeth about something you have no control over. Time to go do something productive. I'll bet your library would LOVE to have you come and help shelve books. It's very therapeutic.