When I submit BR, there is a delay in publishing that could take few minutes to few hours. There is an approval process, where 25% of my BR actually gets denied with a canned response - which is why I am surprised to read that up to 80% or more are spam/advertising by sellers. Still not sure how my legitimate request gets denied and sellers get approved.
Back on topic, I typically don’t even know it’s been published until I get a notification someone bid. I only get notification for the first bid. Here is my experience with the first bid.
50% of time, it’s garbage. “I can do for you” or a very long, obviously template, where the seller is drooling on about their credentials - which as nothing to do with what I’m asking - which pretty much ticks me off.
50% of time it’s preset decent, short and to the point.
I rarely ever pick first bidder. At least half or more are pure trash. I delete it as fast as they come it. I can pause the request temporarily when it gets to be too much to sort. This is where many sellers mess up. They see 30 bids and think they are too late.
What you don’t know is up to 20 or more bids are so stupid (there is no nice way to say it) - canned, templates, dribble, too short, too low in cost - buyers won’t consider it. I’ve had sellers bid $5 to proofread 10k words.
Frankly, don’t worry about the numbers of bids. You take proper time to write a great proposal at reasonable (not cheap) price and submit. You may be the 40th but if you’re the only one who submits a coherent professional one, chances are you’ll beat out all the desperate ones with false illusion that being first will get them the project.