Top 10 reasons I think I will make a good literary agent (or, “When the muse goes on vacation, write a list.”)

1. I have a lot of Fairy Godmother in me and I look forward to helping authors achieve their dreams.
2. I’m a straight shooting, no nonsense kind of chick, so the writers and editors with whom I work will know exactly what they are getting.
3. With a good eye for detail, I happen to have a knack for looking at a manuscript and seeing what’s working and what’s not.
4. As I’ve gotten older I have learned how to be diplomatic and patient.
5. I have always loved books and reading so much so I will feel honored to be midwife to more books being published and more people having the opportunity to be challenged, entertained, educated and engaged with new literature.
6. # 4 may not be entirely true.
7. I am enthusiastic, passionate and committed to Act 2 of my life being awesome.
8. If I’m working with other authors’ work it gets me off the hook with my own writing.
9. I can help create art, make everyone some money and spread more love in the world, in my pajamas, sipping coffee, at my kitchen table, with my trusty computer.
10. Well, maybe #4 is a little bit true.

How about you? If your muse went out of town what kind of a list would you write?


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5 responses to “Top 10 reasons I think I will make a good literary agent (or, “When the muse goes on vacation, write a list.”)

  1. Awwww, that’s nice, ladies… Maybe my next list will be “Top Ten Things About Me That People Who Admire Me Should Never Find Out.” THAT would be entertaining and edgy! :-/

  2. Rhonda

    What Ruth said. My manuscript got its first, um, plot (a hundred revisions ago) because of you. I will never forget your #11 & #12ness.

  3. 11. You’re an incredible literary cheerleader.
    12. You’re warm, down-to-earth and approachable.
    13. You have *excellent* taste in literature.
    14. However true #4 may or may not be, you’ve got a highly entertaining edge. Thank God.

  4. Thanks, Nat. Now get me that book proposal you were telling me about…

  5. Natalie Mines

    You’ll be AWESOME!!!!!!