December 1, 2005 - I mail a query to my first-choice agent. January 23, 2006 - I receive a request for my full manuscript. (The letter indicates that it will take eight to twelve weeks before I receive a response after the full is received.)

January 24 2006 - I mail my full manuscript.

January 26, 2006 - According to USPS, it arrives at the agent's office.

Waiting, waiting, waiting.

May 16, 2006 - Sixteen weeks have passed since my full was received. I send a quick, friendly email looking for status.

May 30, 2006 - Eighteen weeks have passed since my full was received. Still no response of any sort. (Not from my email or my submission.)

It's been a full six months now since this process started. In the meantime I've queried 40 other agents and received some positive feedback and some negative feedback. (No offers of representation yet though.)

I'm really starting to doubt this is going to happen. With this particular agent, I mean.