I have a question. I'm represented by an agent, whom I like personally. He's pleasant and nice to talk to and had some really good suggestions about edits to my book.
The book in question has been on the market for over eight months now, has gone to at least seven editors and has recently gotten one rejection letter. I didn't bother my agent for months after the book was sent to the editors, he'd said be patient, but I also didn't hear from him much. On average, once every four months.
When I ask, he tells me to be patient, but doesn't give specifics. I'm starting to get frustrated. I also know from several sources, the genre I write in is in a slump right now, and editors are buying very few new authors. But not sure if I should continue to be patient, or be concerned that my agent has lost enthusiasm for my book.
Would greatly appreciate your advice.
It's your agent's job to be enthusiastic about your book. It's not in the contract or anything but it's still part of the job.
It's also part of your agent's job to give you specifics when you ask. Are you asking? This isn't my strong suit either but when a client asks, I send them my notes and I usually call them to go over the details. Any time they ask, I give them the info. Unless they ask, I tend to forget. Miss Snark does not hold this up as the model of how things should be, but rather how things are...and therein of course much ado.
There are some novels that don't sell. Eight months is about the time to start saying "what should we do if this doesn't sell". If he's lost enthusiasm for you/the book/life/poodles this is when you'll find out. Ask him. If he splutters around, ask again. This is your life. Take charge of it.