Anonymous asked: Last August I contracted a full-length paranormal romance with a fairly large publisher, but have yet to see edits, cover art, blurbs, or a release date. About every two months I follow up with the Editorial Director and receive a different timeline than the previous two months. Is this normal?
So edits, cover art, blurbs and a release date can take a lot of time. That is normal.
You should get the edits first.
Blurbs will come into play once you have an edited manuscript, and you might be expected to get them yourself. So start networking and making author friends now.
Cover art at most houses comes after edits are finished or when they’re almost finished as well.
An actual release date does too, though the editor should have a vague idea of publication season (the editor will be editing spring 2015 books before fall 2015 books for instance).
Timelines sometimes also change and editors are overworked and busy so sometimes they say you should get edits in April but you don’t really get them until June. They want to get you the edits in April, editing is just a lot of work and something that shouldn’t be rushed.
I would suggest keeping the lines of communication open and keep working on another project until you get edits.
Great info for all authors to know. Please be kind to your editors, we work hard to stay on schedule in a crazyyyy industry! :)