Blogger: Rachelle Gardner
Like most people these days, agents tend to keep pretty busy, and one thing we’re always doing is READING. My desk is piled high with manuscripts. Okay, I’m lying. There are no piles. There are files in my computer, and more files in the Kindle app on my iPad. They’re virtual piles.
At the top of the piles are manuscripts from my clients. Next in line are manuscripts from people wanting to be my clients. If you imagine those piles never end, you’re right. So the problem for an agent is, how can we take time for pleasure reading? The reading of actual published books? (*gasp* )
We’ve got to find the time to read something besides manuscripts. Otherwise, how will we be savvy, up-to-date, on-top-of-things agents? How will we know what’s going on in publishing if we aren’t actually reading published books? We MUST read. It’s quite a conundrum, trying to find the time, trying to justify reading anything besides those stacks of manuscripts.
Eureka! I’ve found a solution and it’s called Audible.com. I can hardly express how much I love Audible (without gushing all over the place).
There are so many moments in daily life when I can’t read a manuscript, but I CAN listen to my iPod or iPhone. Such as: running, hiking, cleaning my house, folding laundry, cooking dinner, waiting in the carpool line at school, weeding the garden, and watching my daughters in their sports. Thanks to Audible, it’s all potential reading time. And I don’t even appear especially antisocial.
2013 is not even half over, and I’m listening to my 16th audiobook of the year. Some of my favorite listens this year have been:
- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
- Lean In by Sheryl Sandburg
- To Sell is Human by Daniel Pink
- The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
- Benediction by Kent Haruf
And now I’m almost finished with a novel called Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler. Oh. My. Goodness. I’ve enjoyed it so much that over the weekend I desperately needed an excuse to keep listening… so I decided to spend a little more time on housework. I scrubbed and buffed our hardwood floors ’til they looked like new. It was the most fun I’ve ever had cleaning anything. (Trust me, housework isn’t my specialty.)
Right now I’m having a hard time holding myself back from picking up the iPod again…and maybe the mop.
Must… work…….. must… not… listen…
Have you adopted audiobooks yet? Listened to anything good lately?
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