the pleasure of agenting

Yesterday, I asked about the pleasure of writing, and last night reading all the many comments it got me thinking about the things that make agenting an experience for its own sake (not just trying to make enough to pay the bills). So, here’s a partial list that’s occurred to me throughout today:

* Telling a client you are about to close their book deal and getting a response that includes “*bounce* *bounce* *bounce*”

* Reading a manuscript on submission from a potential client and feeling: “yes! this is it!”

* Having 3 books you represented land on the New York Times list simultaneously (this was the thing that happened yesterday that got me thinking about this topic from my own point of view)

* Getting queries down to below 100 (well, so, it hasn’t happened for a while but it’s a good goal and I can remember having done it at some point and it sure felt like an accomplishment)

* Seeing books you represented in the bookstore and overhearing someone as they grab it from the shelf and exclaim: “I’ve been waiting for this!” and then gush to their friend.

* Brainstorming with a client and hearing the brilliant idea as it is born.

I will bet after I post this that I will think of some more, but this will be a good list to come back to if I have a frustrating day like Agent Nathan — who has some really good advice on that subject which looks kind of obvious when you read it, but once in a while you need someone to point it out to you since it’s so easy to get caught up and overwhelmed by everything else.

11 responses to “the pleasure of agenting

  1. Having 3 books you represented land on the New York Times list simultaneously
    Dude. You *rock*.

  2. Enthusiasm is infectious. 🙂

  3. I would have to agree with …
    Brainstorming with a client and hearing the brilliant idea as it is born.
    Nothing is a great as when you are hit by that lightning stike and you just want to scream “Oh my God! That’s Perfect!!” That is what I love, and sometimes the one thing that will pull me out of my “this is rubbish!” mode.

  4. Congratulations on the Number Three point! Wonderful!
    And to add one, perhaps: Telling your client that he or she has an actual pub date! For some reason, it seems more real to them then. =)
    (And I look forward to November, when the first deals I closed as an agent will actually hit the shelves!)
    Great post!

  5. Ahh, this is good to hear, that there are some really great moments to agenting for folks too.

  6. Definitely submitting to your reader, when I finally screw up the courage and get my agent research finished (soon. promise). Not betting on you choosing me, but you know, you’re one of those people I would like to get to know. You just sound like someone I’d like to work with someday.
    Lee.

  7. “* Reading a manuscript on submission from a potential client and feeling: “yes! this is it!”
    The treasure hunting aspect has to be one of the best parts of the agenting business. What are the chances of getting “Query-Cam” photos? This is my Form-R face: 😡 . Discovers NGAM: 😀 !

  8. Happiness in your work!
    It’s rewarding to read about the happiness you’ve received from your chose profession. So many people go through life performing a job for the sole purpose of obtaining money because the job they manged to get was their only choice if they wanted to survive. Most of these people never find the employment they wanted to do work in from the high school dream time when all they wanted to be was a (__________________) “Place in your personal dream job.”
    It must give you great satisfaction to be at this point in your life. Not only doing the job you love, but having a profession that helps others achieve their life’s work as well.
    Congrats!!!

  9. Bounce
    Thanks for this cheering post – it’s good to remember why we all do it as writers and agents. Have my Tigger bounce down pat – just waiting for the magic words 😉

  10. submissions to editors
    How long do you give editors until they say yes or no?
    http://bookdealornodeal.blogspot.com/

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