General advice dictates sending one query letter at a time and waiting for a response before sending another one. Response times vary - I've had 1 week waits and I've had 6 month waits.
Unsure what to do about the following.
January 2009 - I sent a query (with SASE) for book#1 to Editor
June 2009 - I hadn't received a response. Got a chance to talk to the Editor of that line, and she said to resend query for book#1 if I hadn't heard in 4 months.
June 2009 - Since it had been six months, I resent my query for book#1 (with SASE)
June 2009 - won contest and was invited to send query for book#2.
July 2009 - mailed query for book#2 (with SASE).
October 2009 - received form letter rejection not mentioning the title of the book (Dear Writer...).
Which book was rejected? Book#1? Book#2? Both?
As a writer, I try to be respectful of editors/agents time and not bother them with redundant queries, but in this case, I don't know how to proceed. I feel as though I can't send any *new* work since I still have an unresponded to query out there (unless the form rejection was for both).
How long should I wait before I chalk it up to a loss and send something new?