Blogger: the ever busy Wendy Lawton
In case you missed it, this was Janet Grant’s announcement for the new year:
And now, for my bit of news concerning our blog. After long discussions among the Books & Such agents, we’ve decided to spend less time writing posts and more time working on behalf of our clients. We love helping writers succeed in creating their very best manuscripts and venturing into the complex world of publishing. That hasn’t changed. We’re not abandoning the blog nor our desire to continue helping everyone who aspires to write a book; we’re just reducing our time commitment. The plan is for new posts to appear twice per week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We’ll follow our same order of appearance, with me leading off and then followed by Wendy, Rachelle, Cynthia, and Rachel. So look for Wendy’s post this Thursday; we’ll see you then.
So here is my first post of 2018. . . especially as I’m starting the new year with a desk piled high with projects, notes and a to-do list to end all to-do lists.
I had a phone meeting recently with a client. She said, “I hate to bother you. You seem so busy.” Hmmmm. A while ago my brother called me up short on the same subject. He said I should stop talking on social media about how busy I am. “It makes you seem inaccessible to people,” he said.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about those comments. Should I be crafting a more accessible persona on social media? Should I keep from sharing those frenetic days that are part of this business? Are my clients seeing me as too busy for them?
Here’s where I landed. I’m already uncomfortable with carefully crafted online personas. I don’t want to be a Facebook fiction creator. True, I’ll never be an over-sharer but I think we need to be honest in all we say. So if I have a crazy-busy day I’m going to say I had a crazy-busy day. Or say nothing.
But, am I too busy for people? Never! Much of my busyness is talking to editors, publishers and clients– people. To me people are a high priority. As I told my client, never hesitate to call or email. I’m never too busy for my clients. If I have scheduled meetings or am out of the office, we’ll set up a time to talk.
I’ll take it a step further. If your agent isn’t busy, you have the wrong agent. The nature of our business is to be engaged. We should be talking to our colleagues, keeping up with the industry, touching base with editors, publicists and publishers. We can’t do a good job for you unless we are out there on your behalf. Juggling projects, checking on submissions, preparing proposals, doing contracts, advising clients– it’s all part of this crazy-wonderful job.
When you see that your agent is crazy-busy don’t assume that he’s too busy for you. He’s crazy-busy on your behalf and that’s a good thing. But chances are, an interruption from you will be a delightful break in his busy day.
Your turn. When you see us moan about the workload, do you see that as a healthy thing or an off-putting thing? Would you rather have an agent who posts lots of hammock photos or one who seems to be paddling as fast as he can? Why is busy good? How about you? Is your life any less crazy-busy?
Let me say it again– If your agent isn’t busy, you have the wrong agent.
And I might add, if my clients aren’t busy I may have the wrong clients. 🙂 How about you? Busy much?