STATUS: I’m ready for an exciting new project to come my way.
What’s playing on the iPod right now? POEMS, PRAYERS, AND PROMISES by John Denver
I know that writers don’t necessarily think of this but agents get rejected as well. Last week I offered representation to an author for a novel that was really really good.
Alas, I wasn’t the only agent who thought so. The author had several offers of representation and in the end, the writer didn’t go with me.
So how does an agent feel when this happens?
Does the agent feel disappointed? Of course! If you really like something, it’s hard when you don’t get a chance to go out with it.
Does the agent feel angry? Not really. You can’t win them all. At least I was seriously in the running.
Does the agent feel validated? Absolutely. It’s always nice to know that my taste isn’t off. If other agents are fighting for the same project, then I was right on how I felt about the manuscript.
Does the agent feel regret? Only when we see the “good” or “significant” or “major” moniker on the deal posting on deal lunch. Grin.
And what might be surprising to writers is that most agents wish the author well. Strange as that may sound it’s actually true. This may sound a little woo-woo but I do think that karma plays a big part in what projects come your way and what is meant to be.
Otherwise this biz could drive you nuts…