raisindot wrote:Quatermass wrote:At the moment, I have submitted said work (in a revised form) to three publishers. None of them I have heard back from, although one of them, Penguin, requires the full manuscript and three months to examine. It's only been one. The other two...well, I have to assume rejection, as I have heard nothing after the time limit, and they say they'll only reply if they intend to take it forward.
I don't know how it is downunda, but in the states no publisher at all will accept an unsolicited manuscript that isn't first preceded by a query letter with a synopsis. Only if they write back telling to send the ms. will they actually read. Even then, very few publishers other than tiniest small presses will read ms's that aren't submitted by an agent. I don't care whether a Writer's Market listing says they accept new authors--that's total bs.
The websites of said publishers (Allen and Unwin, Hachette Australia, and Penguin Books Australia) do say that they accept unsolicited manuscripts, or rather, for the first two, the first chapter or 50 pages of the manuscript. However, Allen and Unwin only accept them on Fridays as part of their 'Friday Pitch', and Penguin only accepts manuscripts during the first week of the month.