Blogger: Rachel Kent
Location: Books & Such main office, Santa Rosa, Calif.
In the past three years of agenting, I’ve figured out what is enjoyable and what is hard for me. I’d like to share both with you, but I think I’ll start with the “bad” and then tomorrow we can celebrate the “good.”
Three of the hardest parts of agenting for me:
1) Speaking at conferences. I hear fear of public speaking is a common phobia. 🙂 This is getting easier the more I do it, but I am introverted so this wasn’t something I looked forward to as an agent. Now I can say that I’m glad to have the opportunities to speak and to learn, and I always appreciate feedback from my audience.
2) Reading has become more for work than for pleasure. I find it hard to read after work because I read so much at work. I used to read two books per week, sometimes more, but now I’m lucky to finish one “pleasure read” per month. I wanted to work in publishing because of my love for books and reading. Overall I’m probably reading more than I used to because of the height of my reading stack at work, but very little of it is at home on my own time. It’s also strange to not be able to discuss what I read with other people simply because they can’t read the unpublished story I would like to discuss. I guess that’s one goal of my job: I want to get these books into the hands of readers!
3) Working things out when an author or publisher is in breach of contract. This is one I haven’t had to deal with all that much (praise be!), but as a person who’s drawn to peaceful relationships, I hate it when people are angry with each other. I believe I do well as a mediator, but I wish that everything was always peaceful, calm and happy for each party involved.
None of these makes me want to give up. I know I still have lots to learn in areas 1 and 3, and I think I’ll adapt to the change in my reading habits someday. 🙂 I look forward to growing as an agent and to working to be better at my job each day.
What’s one of the hardest parts of your job as a writer?