STATUS: It’s after 5 p.m. but I’m reading a client manuscript and just really enjoying my job at the moment.
What’s playing on the iPod right now? F.M. by Steely Dan
I think that a lot of aspiring writers simply assume that an agent’s job is to find projects and sell them and that’s it.
I’d like to posit that my real job is to be a troubleshooter but that’s getting a little off track. As I was walking Chutney this afternoon, I got to thinking about all aspects of my job and what I could share that would show my blog readers a different facet of what an agent does and why an agent could be valuable beyond just negotiating your contract.
So here’s a good example.
This afternoon I had a three-way phone conference with me, my client, and a prospective editor potentially interesting in buying my client’s novel.
Yes. You read that right. A phone conference with an editor who has not yet offered for the work.
I’m assuming I don’t really need to point out the value in having this type of conversation with an interested editor. What I want to highlight here is that this type of event is part of my daily job. It’s not even all that unusual.
This is just one way an agent can be a valuable asset to an author, but I bet most writers wouldn’t even think to include it in the job description of what agents do.