|Janet, post-edit memo
I just sent back notes on one of my client's novels.
Here's how it unfolded:
I read the novel twice: once to get the plot and characters in my brain, the second to be able to see the action unfold knowing what the whole story was.
You can only see the clever things being laid in if you know what the end will be.
The two reads took me about four days total. (I was doing other things too.)
I made notes on both reads.
Then it took me about two days to write the notes into a memo, revise, and polish.
Total elapsed time is probably 25 hours.
Now this wasn't 25 hours straight. I don't have the concentration for that right now.
And the key thing about revising an edit memo is you have to look it over at least a couple times, more likely five or six, and you need some time between those passes.
If I "fix" fewer than three things in a memo, I know I'm getting close to the final version.
So, what does all this mean for you?
Investing 20+ hours in a novel I know I'm not going to add to my list is a bad use of my limited resources.
That's why I don't offer much, if anything, in notes on requested fulls, and nothing at all on queries I pass on.
Expecting/wanting notes on a full, or a query, is simply setting yourself up for disappointment. Avoid that. There's enough disappointment in publishing without asking for more.