How does a writer make the decision to leave an agent? My agent has been wonderful and has all the qualities I need (valuable editorial input, great communication, in love with one of my manuscripts). Unfortunately she's shopped just one of my middle grade novels and it hasn't sold yet (10+ rejections so far-still waiting on four editors). She is not interested in reading/shopping my adult novel (domestic thriller-my favorite), or my second MG novel. I'm thinking I need to find an agent who wants to represent me-all of my work, not just one book. But breaking up is so hard.
You have an agent who doesn't want to shop your next work.
How is that different from having no agent?
The first thing I'd want to know is why she doesn't want to shop the next MG book. Does she think it needs work? Was she discouraged by the results on the first MG?
Despite all our good press for being coldly calculating, ruthless and fierce, agents are in fact people. Sometimes it's hard to muster enthusiasm for a project that doesn't seem to be finding a home.
But that's not YOUR problem.
Your problem is she's not advancing your career.
Find out why, then decide if you need to revise or resign.
Yes breaking up is hard, but if you're not happy, she isn't either.