Dear Miss Snark,
Thank you for your informative blog! I hope that you have time to make a suggestion on the following situation:
An agent has had my manuscript on referral since last March. Last July, I called and was promised that I'd be put on top of the pile. In December, I sent a note indicating that I was still interested in working with the agent, and hoped to hear from him at his convenience. I suppose that my manuscript hasn't been opened yet, or I would have received some response. Should I give up hope?
Give up hope? Time to give him a Bronx cheer!
Ten months is a tad long to have someone's ms, and not return phone calls.
At the VERY least, you have to respond to "are you still considering this".
I'll be honest. I've had manuscripts that long. It's not my preference but sometimes with big ass novels, I just don't get to them as fast as any of us would like. However, if the writer emails to me and says "so, honeybuns, are you like still alive" I always answer promptly.
This guy is behaving like you don't matter. Well, f that. You do. And is this the kind of repsonse time you want in someone working with you? I think not.
Email the twit and tell him your new year resolution is to lose some weight --starting with his fat lazy ass.
Or, wording of your choice.