I am in need of your advice.
My agent began the submission process for my novel last September. The last time I spoke to my agent was mid-December when I called to see if there was any news regarding my manuscript. At that time, I was told it was being shopped and it had submitted to a couple of editors that it should appeal to. I've been told for new authors the submission process can be time-consuming. My agent also mentioned that since it was near the holiday he didn't expect to hear anything immediately. He said that he should have a better indication by mid-January. He said he didn't want me to get impatient and that I should keep working on my second book.
I haven't heard from him since that phone call. It's now mid-March. I really don't know how long the typical submission process takes and I don't necessarily want to be a pest of a client, however, I am interested in an update. Do you think I should give him another call? I'm a bit hesitant based on his comment about not getting impatient and the generally accepted trend of not calling an agent just to check-in. It's a catch 22. You are supposed to have access to your agent but they also say that you should not call just to check on the submission process.
Please let me know what you think I should do.
You're confusing two concepts of submission process. The first one, where you aren't supposed to call, write, or even breathe in the direction of Snark Central lest we hurl invectives upon your noggin is the query/submission/are we right for each other process.
The submission process to editors wherein you are a living breathing client with an honest to pete agent...well, that's different. Even the famously coldhearted misanthropic Miss Snark would expect to check in with her authors once a month. It might take the form of an email but you'd hear from me. And if you called, that's not a problem at all. You're a client, we've established a business releationship, we're working on the same team.
A client who asks me for an update gets about a five second turn around between opening the email and sending a reply cause I have a date base of who/what/when/where/comments that I can send with two clicks of the mouse. Pretty much any other agent can do that too.
Yes you can call. Yes you can email. Here, in case you're hesitant is some text you can cut and paste.
Get off your slacker ass and tell me what you've done. September to March is six months and I want to know who's seen this novel and what they've said about it. Now is fine.
Love and kisses,