"This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang, but a whimper." - TS Eliot
I've decided not to go with the agent who was (previously) reading my manuscript. Why?
1) They're professional. I've had nothing but good experiences writing back and forth with them. They've done what they said they will do. They're clearly reliable, intelligent, informed, hard-working.
2) They aren't willing to represent me.
I'm not sure which is more important to me. In any case, there were a few emails exchanged, polite and sincere words shared, and then, today, it is back to being "almost famous." (Which would make a great movie title, by the by. Someone get on that.)