That’s how often big publishers offer opportunities like this:
It’s exactly the kick I needed to get my manuscript’s final edits done (ha – I’ve lost count of the number of ‘final edit’ runs I’ve done with this thing), and as many words shaven off as I possibly can. I think its length has been a major stumbling block in my search for an agent, so if I can shed another 10,000 words or so I’ll be happy. And I finally have a deadline to get it done! Nothing like working under pressure to light a fire under one’s arse.