Last week, I received this lovely message from one of my long term clients, “Do you realize next September we will have been working together for 15 years? I am blessed.”
And I realized just how many of our clients have been with us for many many years. For instance:
Gus Lee, author of several novels, including his bestselling CHINA BOY, and the recently published non-fiction, WITH SCHWARZKOPF, has been a friend and a client since 1989.
Thomas French the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of the still-in-print UNANSWERED CRIES has been with us since 1989 as well. He and his wife Kelley are publishing a book next year about the birth of their very premature daughter titled THE ZERO ZONE.
Lorene Cary, author of both non-fiction, BLACK ICE, and fiction, THE PRICE OF A CHILD, among others has actually been with the agency since 1988.
The great Mary Doria Russell has been a client since the 1990s and her latest, EPITAPH, is making a number of “best of the year” lists.
Interestingly, there are many long term clients whom, for one reason or another, I have not actually met—but we are in constant communication, and I feel like they are “family”.
The point of all of this is that we all have experienced through these long alliances the value of continuity. In a business that has gone through and continues to see major upheavals, it is these ongoing connections that provide new opportunities and enrich our professional (and personal) lives.
I look forward to many more years of continuing these important and treasured relationships and establishing new ones.