Well, most of the conferences are rolling to a close, and many of us have offered to have a look at projects for possible representation. AND…we’ve seen some very good proposals. So why are we complaining? For the very same reason. While there are some wonderful ideas and good proposals, there are just too many good writers and too little time!
We have to say no. If we didn’t say no to some amazing writers, we wouldn’t have the time to represent our current authors. And we want to be able to give them the time they deserve. So, we say no far more often than we would like.
The sad part is, we will no doubt be saying good-bye to hundreds of folks who could be the next best writers. And they will go elsewhere, and they will be discovered. And know what? We’re actually happy when that happens, because we know in our hearts that they deserve the chance. Are we disappointed we didn’t sign them? Of course, we are. But we understood that there just wasn’t enough time or room on our plates. So we’re thrilled when we see their names associated with some other agent. Because if we’d signed them we might not have found the same success for them.
Each of us has his or her own specialty. Not genre, necessarily, but rather how we view a work. For me, I have to feel this awesome “connection” to the work beyond whether or not it is a good and incredible piece of writing. I want to feel that I can get wholly behind it. So much so that I can’t wait to help the author get it ready to go out. I’m like a kid on Christmas morning, so anxious to see this wonderful work unwrapped by an editor. Anxious to see his or her face light up the same way mine did. So, alas, I will turn down some absolutely amazing projects this year, and next year, and the year after, because I have to be completely sold on a work to represent it.
Should writers give up trying to get an agent? No, no, and no again. You see, just the right agent is sitting behind his or her computer today, or taking appointments at a conference just waiting to discover…YOU!