A year ago, I did something I've never done before or since: submitted a manuscript to Baen Books.
Six months later, one of the editors contacted me. He informed me that my novel BackTracker had been plucked out of the slush pile, and he asked for a complete synopsis, which I supplied posthaste. He said it would take some time to get to my manuscript, as there were more than a few ahead of it in line, but that I would hear from him in due time.
Six months after that, I queried BackTracker's status. The editor informed me that it was still in the "deserves a closer look" queue, and that I would be notified as soon as they reached a decision. It would, of course, take time, and he appreciated my patience.
Baen Books is distributed by Simon & Schuster. Enough said, right? This could be the big break I've been waiting for. So I'll keep waiting as long as I need to. Even longer. Seriously, take your time, Baen Books. BackTracker is yours, if you want it. We're not going anywhere.