I have one question for OP, aside from "is he dead or very ill?" and that is, what does it say in your contract about terminating the relationship? I would also be interested, if Janet is willing to tell us, what her contract -- or even a "typical" agent contract -- says about termination by either party, and what circumstances allow for termination.
Termination should be at will.
Lest you think that involves gunfire of any sort, sorry, no. We are not allowed to kill each other, other than metaphorically.
That is either party can end the agreement without cause.You don't have to prove that I'm derelict in my duties, and I don't have to prove you're a dimwit who can't take directions.
Generally there's a notice period.
You fire me, I have 30 days to close out submissions, get the paperwork in order, and erase you from my speed dial.
You are free to solicit new representation at once of course.
Earned commissions survive the dissolution
If I fire you, and this is JUST ME, not industry standard, I generally give you the sub list and waive any claim on future sales. I do NOT waive my right to commission on the books I've sold except in unusual circumstances.
Parting ways is really really hard.
I hate doing it.
But sometimes, clients need a fresh start with someone new.
And sometimes I can't get the job done that you need.
And sometimes we both recognize we made a mistake.
(those are the hardest)