Blogger: Rachel Kent
You know what I hate? That there are only 24 hours in a day! I find myself needing more time all the time and I’m sure I’m not the only one.
As an agent, I could spend any given work day just answering emails, or reading, or sending proposals, or working on contracts, or talking on the phone with clients/editors. There’s no end to any of these activities and agents can’t ever really catch up on everything because each day brings new surprises–both good and challenging.
In a perfect world, I’d be able to add projects to my list of “to dos” in the order they come in, but unfortunately items on that list do need to be prioritized. For example, a book turned in to me by a client on deadline with a publishing house often needs to be read before a book from a client who is not currently on deadline.
And a query proposal from a writer who has strong interest from a publishing house needs to come first over the projects I’ve requested that are not currently under review by an editor at a publishing house. I need to be sure to be ready for that author should an offer be made, so the author/agent relationship needs to be established quickly.
Or if a contract comes in, I need to set aside other tasks and dedicate a good portion of that day to reading it over and sending my requests back to the publishing house. I never like to let contracts sit.
I do care very much about all of my clients and those who are waiting to hear from me about submissions, so I try hard to get through my lists as efficiently as possible. But even the most organized triage efforts can end in misplaced emails or submissions sliding down in the inbox, so do feel free to check in with the agent you are waiting to hear from if it seems that some time has passed with no answer.
What is daily triage like for you as a writer?