What to Expect When You Finally Get an Agent: How Hard Will They Work for Me?

Sorry I dropped the ball on this, folks! It’s been a very busy time of year. So, without further ado, here’s…

fork_knife_spoon_blackPART THREE (of a multi-part blog post)

Do you think the hungrier an agent, the harder they work? Maybe the more newbie the agent, the more passionate they are across the board? The more enthusiastic and energetically they’ll work for ALL their clients, even the ones that aren’t jetting off to Stockholm to pick up their prizes?

I have no idea how to answer this question for all agents. I can’t even really answer it just for myself. I mean, I know how hard I work. I don’t know if it’s because I’m a relative “newbie” to the business or for some Overachiever’s Anonymous reason.  I don’t think it’s either thing though. I’d like to think that I will bring as much passion and enthusiasm to representing my clients’ work 10 or 20 years from now as I do now. I don’t take on clients I can’t be passionate about. Really, I don’t care if my clients are award winners or not (although awards are nice). And when I stop being passionate about my clients and their work, I’ll probably stop being an agent. Until then, count on me staying hungry and busting my butt.

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3 responses to “What to Expect When You Finally Get an Agent: How Hard Will They Work for Me?

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  2. Thanks for all the helpful, useful information, Linda. It’s a hardscrabble world for us writers out there. It’s nice to put a human being’s words and feelings behind that sometimes illusive person called “literary agent”. (And it’s not often I hear from an agent whose missive doesn’t begin, “Thanks for your submission. However…” ) : )

  3. Thanks for answering my almost unanswerable question with another one of your honest, and enthusiastic responses. Your clients are lucky to have you, as are those you continue to take on 10 or 20 or (hey, let’s get optimistic) 30 years hence. My guess is you’ll stay stoked and work your overachieving agenting-toned butt off, even then!