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STATUS: It was a gorgeous spring-like day in Denver. The kind of day where you just want to sit out at sidewalk café drinking latte rather than working. I controlled myself though.

What’s playing on the iPod right now? (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS by Cutting Crew

I have to admit that I’m a little behind in reading sample pages and several full manuscripts that I’ve requested.

And not because of lack of desire. I’d love to find something new and exciting.

It’s basically because I have a lot of client material that needs to be read, reviewed, or edited and they are my first priority.

I prioritize by the axiom “live close to the money,” and since it’s my current clients who are earning the dinero, their current projects need to get complete and out on submission before I tackle anything new. And yes I understand that a new project can be money if it’s exciting enough but like a John Cusack film, I’ve to go with the sure thing first.

And I know all of you were thinking she prioritizes based on the axiom “show me the money” but you’d be wrong.

I negotiate by that axiom. Big smile here.

11 Responses

  1. Kimber An said:

    Makes sense to me, but do you really have to tell us what a gorgeous Spring day it is there? We still have a month of winter left here and it topped out at 5 degrees above zero today.

  2. An Aspiring Writer said:

    kimber an… We still have several months of winter here in Denver. Nothing is safe until after Mother’s Day. We just finally had a break in the snow storms. It was really a fabulous day here, but that doesn’t mean it won’t snow this weekend.

  3. r louis scott said:

    Well, if I had an agent, I would want them to look after me first before bringing on the new. A girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do, but couldn’t you take one of those fulls down to the corner and read and enjoy the day for just a bit? I think you deserve it.

  4. Therese said:

    Another good post that lets us in on the realities of the biz.

    I know I, for one, have gained so much by reading this blog. Since I began reading, I’ve landed an agent and sold a novel–so maybe the blog is infused with good luck!

    I’m a firm believer that the better prepared we are, the better we can shape our destinies. I just want to say thanks again, Kristin, for making the journey a little bit easier for us all.

  5. Ryan Field said:

    You’ll like this, Kimber An…it was fourteen here in the NYC arena yesterday and not much better today 🙂

  6. Tricia said:

    Sending good vibes that you can get some of that reading done and go for a walk. Seattle had sun yesterday, but today, rain is back. I’m glad, I was getting spring fever and I’ve got so many deadlines!

    Just wanted to say hey, I’m an avid reader, fellow Backspacer, and your blog is fantastic! Keep it up.

  7. Southern Writer said:

    It’s a lovely 70 degrees down here in the land of cotton today. The birds are singing, the dogs are barking, children are running, that guy is … wait a second. What is he doing? EW. Never mind.

    I agree yours is an excellent blog, Kristin. You have a great attitude.

  8. Anonymous said:

    Don’t worry, Kristin. Everyone already knows agents must spend most of their time on established writers becasuse that’s where the money is, desptie that it’s the most annoying part of thier career. It’s much more exciting discovering new writers, but unfortunately, in your desperate hurry, you make many mistakes and reject great material. The solution is to stop spending time on established writers. Tell them to screw off. They’re sucking all the energy out of agents, since agents now have to do the work of agent, editor, lawyer, hair stylist, and gynmast. True, some of what agents do could probably be handled by a trained monkey, but they’d never agree to work for agents, because agents have bad attitudes.

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