::: gulp! :::
And as a result of their steadfast work ethic and efficiency, I now have not one, not two, not even three revised manuscripts to read before the end of the month (yes, you read that correctly), but FOUR client manuscripts to read before November 1st. Why do I want to get them read before November 1st? Because I am going on a short vacation to visit my family in Georgia and when I go, I am going incommunicado. No email, no computer, and no cell phone availability (in fact, the only reason I'm bringing my phone at all is to let my sis-in-law know that I've arrived at the Marta station so she can come pick me up).
Does going to Georgia mean I won't be working? Nope. Because about one hour ago I received a FIFTH revised manuscript from a client, one that will go on my Sony Reader and come with me to read on the plane. I'll probably be taking a couple of full requested manuscripts with me, too, but I won't guarantee that they'll get read as I have two six-year olds (kids, not cats) who will be demanding much of my time, as well as a twelve year old who may or may not be too cool now to associate with his dorky and decidedly uncool aunt. There's also a Beagle, a guinea pig and a bird. And the neighbors' dogs. And the neighbors. And hot wings. And collard greens. And bedtime stories. There's lots going on in Acworth, Georgia!
What does this mean for you all who haven't heard from me by November 1st regarding your partials or fulls (on which I confess to be woefully behind in responses and rejections, by the way; mea culpa!)? This means that - realistically? - you probably won't hear from me until the end of November at the earliest.
As for queries, I'm pretty much up-to-date through the first week of October, although there are a few I've been hanging onto as 'maybes'. So, if you sent me a query PRIOR TO September 15th and have not yet received a response, please feel free to re-query me. (But first check your spam filter, m'kay?)