So. Yes. There have been times when I have a day or so left in my week deadline and I'm still waiting to hear back from second-readers. I'm blessed in that I can, if I want a work badly enough, take it on--I don't officially have to get approval--but it's very nice to know, when taking these leaps, that others think you're leaping into a well-drawn, worth-investing-in world (for fiction) or an organized, well-supported one (for non-).
It's a lot of work to send out projects--much more than just hitting "forward" and, I don't know, having Gmail insert your "YA fiction" list into the To field. Goodness gracious. No no no.
These things, if they're to be done right, have to be done with care. It can take a long time to get a manuscript ready, find the perfect editors for it, and find the perfect way to present the work to them.
So, yes. My ducks can be slow. But they're steady. And may just win those "dump a box of numbered ducks in a pond and whichever one floats across the finish line first wins a prize" races. We used to do that a lot in my hometown. They were cute. Highly recommended.
* She was hilarious on this episode of Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me! Click the link to listen. "For the record," one of her press people told her afterward (this is from memory, so probably not perfect), "Do not go to a bar and get on stage, and if you do, don't tell everyone who you are."