In the wake of yesterday’s Olympic record reference, I had a new one today. I submitted a manuscript electronically on October 5, 2011. Today, August 10, 2011, they sent me a rejection. TEN MONTHS! I won’t put their name here. But I told them it was an exclusive submission. And it was for three months. Then I assumed they just weren’t going to respond. I submitted it to a couple of places. Since then it has been accepted and printed. It’s the first story I ever got paid for (Sheriff Anderson’s Steam Deputies) and it’s available now at http://www.sciencefictiontrails.com in Science Fiction Trails #8.
While this is a record long response for a short story for me, it’s not the longest for a book. Baen clearly states they take a year to respond to submissions. And I can tell you, they mean it.
Anybody had longer response times than that?