Dear Ms Snark,
I have an agent in the UK. I originally intended to return there after a few years in California but that's not going to happen. I like and respect my agent, she's been around a while and took me on when I was fairly new at this writing lark.
In the last year I've sold to Ellora's Cave and Virgin 'Cheek'. But as erotic romance is all the thing now and agents are selling many authors to new print lines, I fear I might miss the boat. I'm not sure if she has the pzazz of a New York agent or the relationships to act on this interest. I know she is subbing my work to the U.S. publishers but I think she's happy to wait and see what happens rather than really pitch.
Am I being ungrateful? Do I really need a pushy New York type of agent to get on (and let's be honest, there's no guarantee that I'll find one) or should I stick with what I know?
You might consider approaching your UK agent about co-agenting with someone based in NYC. There's a lot to be said for a US based agent pitching NY editors. Yes, UK agents do sell here, and it's entirely possible a NY agent will not have any more success than she does.
However, there's a lot to be said for being here. First, it's a lot easier to phone, and no matter what anyone says, phone calls matter. Yes, email is great. Yes we mostly email. But when push comes to shove, I'm on the phone. Yes you can phone from the UK but let's face it...it's not the same.
A co-agent gives you all that AND you retain your UK agent too. Give it a whirl. Ask, see what happens. Let me know.