Ever wonder what a literary agent wishes for? Let me tell you a few things I wish for on the last star of the morning or when I blow out the candles on the birthday cake.
Wish #1: That I could get every single client placed in their perfect forever publishing home. I’m getting closer every day but I must continue to work to make this wish come true.
Wish #2: That publishing companies would pull back from the belief that social media numbers equal book sales. One of my 2022 goals read as follows:
“Continue to seek quality projects that honor Christ and have real substance, regardless of author platform. (Integrity)”
Another one was this:
“Stop seeking potential authors who are “influencers.” (Our industry needs more humble servants, fewer big personalities.) Follow this path even if this means missing out on big sales. I’m getting closer and closer to the time when I’ll stand before Christ to give an account. Yikes!”
Happily, the Lord has blessed this intention. After this week– the second week in October– I’ll have already exceeded my ambitious sales goal for 2022, without one single “influencer.”
Wish #3: That I could keep on finding brand new voices and help them grow careers of substance and real influence. When I think back on some of the unpublished writers I introduced into the book world, I’m humbled. Writers like Tessa Afshar, Lori Benton, Amanda Dykes, Cynthia Ruchti, Jill Eileen Smith and Sarah Loudin Thomas. Not to mention the authors I represented early in their careers, helping them to reach the next level.
Wish #4: That I could get back to everyone who ever contacted me and help each person who asked. (Not very likely, but a girl can dream.)
Wish #5: That none of the editors I’ve loved working with over the years would ever have the temerity to think they could retire happily. Stop it now!
Wish #6: That every single writer in this Books & Such Blog community would find the perfect representation and the perfect publishing relationship. (Why does it have to be so hard?)
That’s probably enough wishing for now. I’m guessing this beggar won’t be riding any horses soon, but I always think of what Pooh said to Piglet, “Be brave, little Piglet.” So I’m going to be brave and get back to work, making at least some of these wishes come true.
How about you? What do you wish for?
“Have faith little one ‘til your hopes and your wishes come true. You must try to be brave.”