So in May of this year I submitted a query to a publisher, and one of the editors requested to read the full manuscript within hours of my email. I was delighted, of course, and formatted the manuscript to their qualifications , and sent it on its merry way. Five months later, all there has been is silence. So I decided to send a very short, polite follow-up email, fearing it might be pushy, but I just had to know. I'm a new writer, so maybe getting my first book published would be a big deal. A week later there hasn't been a reply to that follow-up email. Do I just assume that this offer is dead in the water? Do publishers usually not reply after reading a full? I should note that it's a relatively small, independent press. I figured they would send a rejection, or reply to my follow-up at the very least. Help me out here?