It’s summer, and things have really slowed down in the business. Editors are away, authors are away—so it’s difficult to actually get books sold and contracts moving forward at anything but a glacial pace. So what does an agent do at this time?
I actually think this is great opportunity to read whatever I can in order to identify new writers and new ideas. I also go through our client list and find those I can contact and discuss what they are thinking about doing next.
“Quiet” times are when proposals can be developed well rather than rushed to get to market.
I also spend more time with editors at this time of year to discover what they are looking for, whether they have holes in their lists, what they have read recently that they loved.
This is a great opportunity to plan for the very busy fall selling season so I will develop the list of titles that we will be presenting beginning right after Labor Day. I contact those clients whose books should be ready to submit at that time and make sure they are on track—this is me in the role of cheerleader J.
This is also a time when I can evaluate carefully my current list of titles on submission and see where I should make changes – either continuing to pursue selling a book or advising the client to move on to something new.
So, though it’s “quiet”, or seemingly so at this time of year, it is a time to review and renew and move forward.
I’d love to hear what you do during your “quiet” times of the year?