STATUS: RWA is like watching TV on fast forward. A consistent, frenetic pace! Off to meet an author and her editor.
What song is playing on the iPod right now? Well, it’s the clock radio. Not great reception but it’s LIGHTNING CRASHES by Live
I was at a conference this year and moderated an agent panel. A member of the audience asked if agents felt like they were in competition with each other.
Obviously, if there are a finite number of good projects out there to represent, by the nature of our job we are, to some extent, in competition with each other.
But I must say I never FEEL that way.
So I was really surprised when three of the four agents on the panel declared that yes, we are in direct competition with each other and we must be aggressive to win the author and the work.
This might be silly but I actually believe in karma, that certain projects are meant for certain agents (not that I won’t go after it heartily if more than one agent is interested etc.) but in general, there is enough good projects to go around.
Maybe I’m the naïve one!
But on Saturday, if you are here at RWA, you’ll know I’m about to moderate a 2-hour panel entitled The Literary Agent Cartel: A Powerhouse of Caring, Knowledge, & Expertise that May Possibly Change Your Publishing Career.
We are a group of independent agents who formed a Yahoo chat loop so as to share information, support each other, and in many ways, share knowledge so it benefits all our clients.
I have to say that this is the kind of agenting I subscribe to. Healthy too. And yes, when I’m vying against 4 other agents for the project, I don’t ask who is involved (because it just might be my fellow Cartel member and let the best gal win!) so there’s no lack of competition but there is definitely a different perspective in terms of agenting.
I never think of my fellow agent as my enemy.