You get an offer of representation.
You've been in the revision, and development, and crushed hope trenches for so long you can scarcely believe you've now got a ladder out.
You email all the agents looking at your work.
You let them know you've got an offer.
And you dig out the list of questions to ask.
And you ask.
And your heart sinks.
There are some other red flags.
Not huge red flags like reading fees, or schmagenty credentials.
She's real, she's legit.
She's just not Right.
So you take a breath.
And you say no.
And you email the agents with your manuscript and let them know that you've turned down the offer.
Not a lot of people will understand what it took to say no.