I've been querying my novel for a year. Several agents loved the concept of my novel, but ultimately came back not loving the book enough to rep.
Unfortunately, the one who has offered is not my first choice. She showed strong interest in the MS and then left me hanging. My email nudges went unanswered and finally she said they were in her spam box, also stating she had a huge list to consider and she would let me know. I kind of forgot about her and forged on. After another two months, she contacted me to say that she was still interested and she would like to make the call to discuss representation.
I queried the owner of the relatively large and successful agency (Agent A) and (Agent B) is the person who initially asked for a partial. She was an intern two years ago and I can't seem to find who she represents, or anything she has sold since signing on as an agent. She's not very active on Twitter nor does she have a blog; two things I like and want in an agent.
My question is this: do I sign with an agent that I'm not thrilled with just to have an agent? I'm at the point where I am about to shelve my novel. I don't want to lose the opportunity to have this thing out there because I worked my ass off on it.
And I love it and self pub is not an option for me. At the same time, am I wasting my time with an agent who is flaky? Is a flaky agent better than no agent?? Should I just take what I can get??
No, you don't just take what you can get.
No, a flaky agent is not better than no agent.
and No, you aren't wasting your time, because you've learned something.
But, just because an agent isn't on twitter and doesn't have a blog and takes a long time on queries does NOT mean she is flaky.
The best way to find out who she represents and what she's sold is to ASK. If she's offered you a place on her roster, you should be asking those questions, and she should be answering. It's entirely appropriate for her to share the information with you. If she hasn't sold anything and doesn't represent anyone, well, you get to be first. Five lucky writers were my first five clients, long before
I'd sold much of anything or had anything but enthusiasm to offer them.
That said, do NOT sign with someone you don't have confidence in. Don't sign with someone you don't trust to conduct your business well. The last thing you want is to be second guessing your agent. And trust me, she doesn't want it either.