O Queen of Snark,
I had a lean-and-hungry young agent who sold a number of books for me. As time passed, the market for my genre tanked, I sold fewer books, and I got a microscopic amount for the ones I did sell. Meanwhile my agent acquired some high-profile bestseller clients. It got so I had to e-mail him several times before he'd answer, and then he stopped answering at all. Another agent I know said that that's often the easiest way of getting rid of unprofitable clients, since they make a huge fuss if you drop them formally.
I got discouraged and stopped writing for a few years, but now I'm ready to get back in the game. I'm working in a new genre (related to the old one, so I'm not starting from scratch), and I want a new agent. But how straightforward should I be about what happened to the old one? I don't want to diss him, and I obviously don't want to say "He couldn't get a publisher to take my stuff even if he paid them, so he dropped me." From what you've been saying, though, it sounds as if it will raise red flags if I say "We saw things differently" or some euphemism like that.
All snarkist insight will be much appreciated!
(Needless to say, I'm delighted if you print this on the blog, or even sell it at auction.) :-)
What am I bid for the rights to a Snarkly euphamism?
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