Blogger: Rachel Kent
Location: Books & Such main office, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Yesterday we discussed hard parts of agenting; now we can focus on the good ones! Here’s a list of three of my favorite parts of the job:
1) Building relationships. I enjoy getting to know people; so this is a great part of being an agent. I meet wonderful people at writers conferences, and I also build relationships with editors and my clients. At Books & Such, we encourage our clients to build relationships with each other because so much good can come from friendship, encouragement and positive critique.
2) Selling a book. Each time I place a book I’m so thrilled! I’ve not only helped an author get his or her book published, but I’ve also helped put out a positive in the world to make a difference in readers’ lives. I only represent books that will be helpful to people in some way, and I have rejected good writing before because the book wasn’t thought-provoking or didn’t encourage the reader in one way or another. These are the types of books I like to read; so it’s what I want to represent. Telling my client that we have a sale is one of the best things ever!
3) Helping to make manuscripts stronger. I always have enjoyed offering feedback to writers. Suggesting revisions and then reading a better manuscript once revisions are done is such fun for me.
What do you enjoy most about your job as a writer? What keeps you working at it?