My agent search is unofficially over for now. I’m going with the advice of the agent who suggested I deal directly with Harlequin. Got more good advice from a couple other agents, too.
Usually if an agent rejects my ms, no matter how nice they are about it, no matter how many compliments they preface the “no” with, I send a polite thank you and head off to a dark corner to lick my wounds.
This time was different. This time I went out on a limb and asked questions. Soon emails were flying back and forth. Because I was a little gutsier than I normally am when dealing with agents, I got a handle on what to fix before I send those chapters to Harlequin.
Right now I am feeling so grateful for the generosity and kindness those agents showed me. And even though I didn’t land an agent (yet) I really feel like the stars are lining up for me.