Publishing is a difficult industry to break into, in part because so many people want to, so many queries gum up the works, and because of this it is difficult for editors and agents to navigate the dreck to get to the good stuff. Generally though, queries are answered in a few weeks, or at the latest a few months, but I got a response to a query last week, and I barely remember sending out a query at all. I just checked my files, and I sent out that query on March 9th last year. That’s 11 months.
Yeah, so that’s incredibly slow.
(In case you’re wondering what the speed of a glacier is… the fastest one in Greenland moves at between 3-5 miles per year. And that’s a fast one.)