STATUS: Caucus time in Colorado! I’m heading out early to participate in my neighborhood meeting to choose our delegate.
What’s playing on the iPod right now? BAD SNEAKERS by Steely Dan
Two years ago when I was looking for an assistant, I did interviews with something like 13 or 14 candidates for the position. I began each interview with a list of our daily reading on top of all the queries/submissions/full manuscripts that we receive.
I literally had two people withdraw themselves from consideration because it was going to be too much.
Sara was actually the only candidate who said, “Yes, I understand all that but since I read very quickly, I’ll finish in no time so let me tell you how my background can contribute to growing your company.”
Yeah. Pretty obvious why I hired her, isn’t it? She’s one of the few people I have met who actually reads faster than I do.
But here’s why I share the story. You guys want to know the inside scoop about the publishing industry? Than why not read what most agents do every morning? Note: these aren’t necessarily free. Also, it will take a month or two before reading them begins to make sense because you’ll need to get more familiar with the industry, the players, etc. It is quite an education I imagine though.
In case you are interested, here’s the list of my daily digest reads:
Publishers Weekly Daily
Publishers Weekly Children’s Bookshelf