I am busy. I am backlogged. I was away for almost all of last week. If I have not responded to you yet, I am not dead. I am working through all my e-mails and dealing with client-related tasks, which surprisingly, come first. Why, you ask? Because my clients are the ones that make me money. Do you want to know how many queries I have? ONE HUNDRED SIXTY SIX e-queries, people. That's not counting the bunch that came in the mail.
Let me reiterate, just for the sake of reiterating. If I have not read your query yet, I am NOT ignoring you. If I have not read your partial yet, I am NOT ignoring you. If I have not finished reading your full manuscript yet, I am NOT ignoring you. And just so that all of you know, I often read one or two or even three full manuscripts at a time; I may get bored with one and then go back to another or vice versa.
And don't get me started on the state of my office, which has boxes of books everywhere, and piles of manuscripts decorating the boxes of books. Or the state of my desk, for that matter. Or the state of my printer, which I am close to taking out on the back patio, even in this pouring rain, and smashing to bits with a hammer. It would be most cathartic. =)
So now, if you please, I am going to go back to work. And I am going to Staples tomorrow to buy a new printer with my wonderful Staples rewards cash and coupons, once I locate the safe place where I have put them.
Have a happy Labor Day weekend!