A Snarkling is looking, and looking, and looking before leaping:
How long can one reasonably (and politely) keep an agent waiting, once the agent has offered representation? I have an offer from an agent I feel pretty good about,but he's the first agent I've had any extended conversation with. I've gotten some positive feedback from other agents, and have some opportunities to meet with others-- in a few months.
For various reasons, the agent who's offered representation wouldn't be able to do terribly much for me between now and then (project is not ready to be shopped immediately), but it feels weird to say hey, I need a few months. Would it piss you off if someone did that to you, or would you respect that they were taking time to consider all of their options?
Months? You have to wait for the spring thaw before snowmobiling over the chasm to get to the corner store and a telephone?
You don't need to MEET agents to get a sense of whether it's a good fit. Talk to them on the phone, read their websites, read the books they've handled.
It's not so much a matter of pissing an agent off, cause really, this is a business. It's not like he proposed marriage and you said you had to date a few more guys to make sure he was a better than average kisser.
Here's the risk you run by sitting around: his list will fill up. Agents make their money selling projects yes, but if we're sitting on ten unsold projects come spring, we're not going to be in a position to take on one more no matter how enticing it is. I've had this happen to people who wanted to interview a gazillion agents then came back to me. I had to say no cause I'd taken on two writers in the meantime and I was not prepared to take on anyone else.
Get your skates on. You've got people interested. Figure out who will work well with you and then move to the next step. Waiting around isn't in your best interest.
* Tomorrow. ya ya, now you've got it in your head. Join the crowd.