EA, I have a question. Suppose I have a meeting with my editor, and he expresses admiration of my agent, saying "You're in good hands."I sometimes fantasize about being this evil. But it's not in me. And it's not in any editor I've ever met.
Should I take this to mean
(a) My agent is a patsy, which pleases my editor, since they're on opposite sides;
(b) My editor is hoping I'll repeat the compliment to my agent;There are really much more effective ways of buttering up agents. Alcohol, for instance.
(c) My editor is a polite person;Well, if I were meeting with you face to face, and you announced that you'd just signed up with agent X, and paused... thereby requiring some response from me, I might burble something like this if my natural response was actually "Crap, this just got 5 times harder," or "That jackass?!"
or (d) I'm in good hands?This is most likely. Or at least you're in good hands as far as the editor knows. There is a fantastic community of writers out there talking about their experiences with agents, so make sure you hear it from both sides.