STATUS: October royalty statements are rolling in. Spent some time on the phone tracking down what seemed to be missing on one of those statements. Ah, tis the season. I like ‘em better when checks are attached. hehe
What’s playing on the iPod right now? KIM THE WAITRESS by Material Issue
I got an email on Friday from a writer whose full manuscript we requested. Lo and behold, she was writing to tell us that she already had offer on the table but if we wanted to read over the weekend and respond by Monday, she’d hold off making her decision.
First off, let me tell you how much I appreciate when authors keep us apprised of the status of their work. I once read a whole manuscript over the weekend (by the writer’s request) only to receive a curt email early on Monday morning telling me the writer had decided to accept representation elsewhere. Um… thanks. If you ask me to join the party, at least give me a chance to make an offer and be considered—especially if I have expended time with the work. So, I was super happy that even though we had just asked for the manuscript, she was still open to letting us read.
So I did. Last night. And I really enjoyed the manuscript but I wrote her first thing this morning telling her I was going to pass with regret. And I meant the regret part.
So why didn’t I take her on? Did I think the manuscript was sell-able? Yes. Did I think she was a good writer? Yes. So what’s the deal?
Something just didn’t click for me. It was a fun relationship chick lit work and I said it was a great piece of chocolate but I was really in the mood for a big substantial molten lava cake with lots of layers and complexity. And that was the best way I could sum it up why I was passing. (I gave other details too but you get the picture). She has an offer on the table so I know she’s going to be fine, and I’ll probably read about the sale later.
Why do I tell you this?
Because it’s a myth that all agents will take on any project they think they can sell. This project will probably sell but I chose not to be the agent to do it.
All writers have stories of the agents who passed on their manuscript before that one person with vision took it on to glory. Do agents have remorse? Sometimes. Mostly not though. It was a good project but just not right for me.