I know that many people here are focused on landing a real, live, legit agent -- so, forgive me if this is not the right forum for this question ...
My question is: How long should you stick with your legit NYC agent before either giving up hope on the novel, or giving up hope on the agent?
It's not that I don't think my agent has been submitting my novel -- I believe he has, and the letters from the publishing houses have been (for the most part) very complimentary. Complimentary, but no takers.
One supposed knock-down/dragged-out fight at an acquisitions meeting, even. But no takers.
So, what's the deal? Time + Good Manuscript + Reputable Agent is supposed to = publishing contract, right?
How much time? When does that variable reach its maximum, meaning that the 'agent' variable should be changed?