Hi all, just catching up after a long round of traveling.
Carrie, good luck with your new agent search. What you're going through with your old agent sounds stressful.
TeresaRose, good luck with your book pub and also with your agent hunt.
PutPutt, I remember all those months you struggled waiting for your old agent. So happy you got a great upgrade!
A.P.M., so sorry about your manuscript. Don't give up hope for it down the road. At least you've got something new written.
acaefer and RaggyCat, I don't know what to say about agent turnaround times. It really does vary. Meanwhile, I'm STILL waiting. More on that below.
My agent has had some version of my manuscript in her possession for 4.5 months. She's definitely a slow reader who's very thoughtful and editorial. The last time she read a MS for me, in 2017, it took her 12 weeks. Her sales are very good. She's a quality-over-quantity type of agent, favoring fewer, larger deals. I like that a lot about her because I'm a slow writer. But even with Covid slowdowns, this seems like a long time. My MS is not long (85k), and I write lean, clean prose. She knows this.
Since she's only had the recent version for 4.5 weeks, I feel like it's too early to check in again. Everything sounded great on her end when she confirmed receipt of the new version. But here's what burns: my friend and critique partner is also repped by her -- she signed them in January -- and they sent a revised MS to her in June, months after I sent mine. My friend just followed up and told her they really needed to finalize edits before the semester starts. So she's dropping everything to read their revision this weekend so they can have a call on Monday. I'm trying really hard to not be pissed, but I got bumped back. She's extremely professional in emails and always responds within 24 hours. But my manuscript obviously hasn't been a priority. And I've been the quiet client who doesn't want to push too much. Since my last novel never went on submission, she's never made any money off me, even though she's repped me since 2013.
I had a really hard month personally, scattering my husband's ashes at sea. So I think this is hitting me extra hard. My novel is set in his homeland and is inspired by his family's experiences. I'll be devastated if it never gets out there in the world. Ugh!
(Thanks for letting me vent.)