Dear Miss Snark:
I found an agent approximately eight months ago. He was a pleasant chap and we got on smashingly. I had other offers at the time, but I went with this fellow because of his enthusiasm and energy.
Then a few months ago, he tells me his going through a nasty divorce. I hear from him a little less often than I did at first, but when we do chat he has great ideas, gives me good notes, and although a little tamer, he his still confident about finding a place for my book.
A week ago, he takes me out to lunch. He looks like a wreck. He is distracted (understandably) and downright blue. A few times during our meal, I thought he might start bawling. He tells me he his closing his office and will be working out of his apartment. And, that he is letting a good portion of his clients go, "because it's just all too much for me right now." I, however, am one of the ones he wants to keep.
I, however, don't feel good about this. I love the guy, but my gut tells me the next time I hear from him will be a postcard from a nervous breakdown recovery centre.
I'm thinking I've got to cut the cord. Thoughts?
I think there's a lot to be said for loyalty.
I think there's a lot to be said for an agent who, while going through personal trauma, took the time to take you to lunch, explain things, and tell you he's confident he can sell your work.
He may not be in fighting trim right now but you also aren't in the middle of a five way auction either.
Give this some time before you jump ship. See if he gets himself together. There's always time to get your swim fins and bathing costume on, but once you're in the water, there's no getting back on board. Look carefully before you leap.