I love your blog and have turned to it many times throughout my querying process. I have had an agent for close to a year now, but I have never felt like it was a perfect fit. Currently, I don't think she is in the process of submitting my book anywhere because she says publishing is slowing down due to Covid. Is this a reasonable way for her to be responding to the pandemic - not submitting anywhere? I am so aware that everyone's lives are in limbo (or worse) right now, and have had a very rough quarentine season, so I don't lack empathy or patience. I just want to make sure that her actions (pulling my novel from submission for the foreseeable future, ostensibly due solely to Covid) make sense and aren't a cause for my concern regarding her abilities/desire to sell my novel.
I don't want to second guess another agent's strategy for dealing with a situation that has no precedent.
And the problem isn't how she's dealing, it's that you don't have confidence in her choices.
A couple things to consider: this is YOUR book, and withdrawing it from submission is something you should have a say in.
I have clients both past and present who've wanted to do things I advised against. I made my case, they stood their ground, in the end, I did what they wanted. That's my job.
The caveat there of course is that if they want to ignore my advice a lot, it's time to part ways because the reason you have an agent is so you can rely on their advice and expertise.
It's time to have a conversation with Agent. Withdrawing things from submission is a different kettle of sharks than not sending work out.
Remember, she may be utterly overwhelmed. If she's got small children at home, in a small NYC apartment, you may not have any idea of how fraught her life is right now.
And that's something to think about for a couple more weeks, but NOT forever.
One of the big tasks right now is figuring out how to get back to work in these new and trying circumstances. We're on isolation till the end of May, if not longer. We can't push the pause button forever.
TALK to your agent.
Get a sense of where she is.
Then sit back and think a while.