I have had an agent for the last five years or so. She’s submitted two novels for me over that time (we had a lot of nice personal responses but no sale). Since the second one going back in the drawer she has become less responsive, which makes sense - I’m going down the priority list. I sent her a new one last April, just as the COVID situation was kicking off. It’s now going on ten months and she’s sent me a couple of apologetic emails but hasn’t read past the prologue, citing being behind in her reading due to COVID. Now I haven’t heard from her in four months.
My question is, is it reasonable / sane for me to pull the plug on our relationship after ten months? I wrote this book because she liked the pitch and I’m terrified of never being able to get another agent, but I’m losing my mind!
Talk to her.
Don't ask for opinions from other people.
Talk to her and say "I'm losing my mind."
The only reason I know you're not talking about me is cause you mentioned where she's located, and I'm not there.
Every single colleague I've talked with in the last month is STILL behind on reading.
I cut my list in half, stopped daily blogging and I'm still not caught up.
There are days, sometimes several, where I just can't read critically.
It's a problem, and the only way I know to solve the problem is communication. Your agent hasn't realized this yet, and she's probably mortified to be so behind and so out of touch.
Get in touch.
Ask what's going on. Ask if she's lost interest.
Don't be afraid to be direct. It's better than losing your mind.