A Snarkling channels Harold Lloyd
When my (lovely) agent sends my manuscript out to editors and after a month (or two) we've heard nothing, is that necessarily a bad sign? (So far it as been; I've had 11 passes.) Is it ever possible that the editor is giving it an extra-careful look or getting another reading in-house? I've had some near misses (lots of positive comments and a few editors asking to see my next novel) but each time there's been a relatively long wait and then a pass. I keep reading about writers whose agent sends out their manuscript and a week later they've got an offer. Is there any reason to hope after two months?
I hope this is what your (lovely) agent is saying too. My experience with editors is they can make instant decisions (usually no) and quick decisions (yes) but they can also dilly dally around like they have something better to do than read MY submission to them. I've sold novels that have been on an editor's desk for a year. I've sold novels in a week. To the same publisher.
Your agent will do the follow up to make sure you don't get lost in the shuffle (Miss Snark sold a novel once that resurfaced from a forgotten drawer so the editor said although Miss Snark did not quite believe that)
Forget this novel that's making the rounds. Think of it as your college student kid who's out in the world. When it needs attention, you'll get a call. Meanwhile, plop yourself down in front of that computer and write that next book editors are asking for. Don't fret. Write!!