Some of you may have seen my other posts regarding my novel, Like Father, Like Daughter, wherein I announced that back in July, I was approached by an agent to represent me and my novel. At the time, I had one other offer and three other agents reviewing my full MS. I politely turned down the other agent (even though she was actually my first choice) and advised the other agents of my situation. This new agent and I got along great the entire time. No arguments or disagreements, even in the midst of some drastic revisions. We did three revisions and I just sent her the third version two weeks ago. I waited and waited to hear back from her. We had discussed sending it to the editor by the end of September/mid-October. Then, all of the sudden, out of the blue last week, I received an email from her praising my work, my book, my characters and even my voice, but telling me she was "setting me free" to explore other options. The only "explanation" she gave me was to say that she THOUGHT I wouldn't want to do any more revisions but she felt it needed at least one more round. I NEVER SAID THIS. I never even hinted at the fact that I was unhappy about the revisions. In fact, I thought they made the book even better than the first draft. I literally cried for two days. I had come so close to seeing my dreams come true only to have this agent drop me for no good reason at all. I don't know what her real reason was, but I don't by the sorry excuse for a reason she gave me.
Has anyone else ever had this happen to them? What on earth do I do now?
I did reach out to the other agent who had previously offered me (my first choice) and she amazingly agreed to read my latest draft of the novel. So now I'm waiting to hear back from her and I did get one other full MS request last week, so I do have two agents currently reading my full script. BUT...I'm so disappointed because I was already past this point. I had an agent, a contract and my novel was on its way to the editor! I can't imagine how I'll feel if I don't secure a new agent soon. I have started a new book, but Like Father, Like Daughter, I still believe, is THE ONE.
Any advice? Any agents on here who might be able to explain why an agent would drop a client for no apparent reason? As I said, from what I could tell, we got a long great and from the beginning, she was so enthusiastic about my novel. I don't know what changed. I didn't post anything bad on social media, didn't complain to her or anyone else. I just don't get it.
What about re-querying the novel now that it's undergone major revisions?
Tell me there's still hope.