So I wrote a novel, searched and searched, and finally landed an agent. She had me sign a contract that gave her rights to everything I write and want to sell for the next five years, and seemed very optimistic, although, truthfully, I question to this day whether she actually read my book (does that happen?). It's been four months since she gave me a list of 20 recognizable publishers to whom she sent it.
Okay, donkey kick to my pride time -- should I give up? She's sent me half a dozen "no thanks," notes from publishers, but zero other feedback. I can't imagine the entire list to whom she sent it haven't read it and said no by now. So am I being paranoid? What percentage of books get picked up by agents and then never sold? How long is the longest I should keep my hopes up? Should I ask her to dump me and try to self-publish? Honestly, like I said in the opening, I never felt as bad about my book until after I got an agent.
Thanks for any feedback!