To provide some context for the preceding post, my deal with NAL is as follows: because she was undertaking to go through the entire ms. again with her red pen in hand, I would not query any new agents until I got the book back, made the revisos and sent it back for a decision. I was free to follow up with requests for partials or fulls from any of the agents I had previously queried and had not yet heard from, or even to sign with one of them. There were a lot of no-responders in that bunch, but the ones I did hear back from after striking my deal with NAL all said, "Fuck off," or some agentspeak variant of that.
We sort of arrived at this decision mutually. I believe I brought it up--something along the lines of, "What are your expectations of me?" I thought it was fair. Still do, for that matter. She's not just reading it but providing edits and stuff. Understand that this all occurred after more than 100 queries and a couple of heart-breaking this-is-really-good-but-the-market-sucks-rught-now-so-sorry-but-fuck-off responses to fulls.
The other thing is, she really is nice. And she gets, and what's more, loves my book. Used those very words: "I love your novel." While NAL herself is a junior agent--and part of the delay comes from her having to deal with administrative stuff plus all the queries coming in from all you fuckhead dingbats--the firm she works for is well established with at least one agent with lots of deals under her belt in the ol' mystery-suspense-thriller world. So, I would love to be represented by her. Plus, I did tell her to take her time the last time we communicated, when she apologized for how long it was taking.
I guess I'm really just frazzled by how long it's taking and how it seems I have no money and no time and no way to easily get enough of either.