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A thoughtful blog post from Sam Ellis, a writer who did some work experience at a publisher.
Because of holidays and recent conferences, I’m running very behind in considering submissions. Please be aware that you may not have a response to your submission until mid to late August. Normal service should resume in September.
… to be sending agents submissions. I seem to have received a good half dozen over the Easter weekend. However, the London Book Fair is next week, and with preparations, the Fair itself and then the aftermath. I have the least time in the world to consider submissions.
Please bear with me until normal service resumes sometime after the Book Fair.
I have been having a reading day today in an attempt to catch up. This involves, you guessed it, reading material all day, and especially requested fulls from The Pile and also from existing clients. Today I’ve finished two scripts and am half way through another which I hope to finish tonight although I admit I am going a little pie eyed so need a break.
I already read almost every evening, on train journeys once or twice a week, and then also during the day when I get the time but stuff has been piling up at a faster rate than I can read it. How many novel length manuscripts do you think I’ll read in a year?
I’ve decided to start the agency as a sole trader as my experience with a limited company is that it only makes sense if you have a certain turnover and the way the book trade works it’s going to be a while before that happens. An agent only gets paid when their clients get paid and preparing and selling scripts takes time.
Yesterday I gave an interview to a magazine about setting up the agency. Not sure when it will be out but I do want to get the word out and find great writers to work with. Submission guidelines are on the ‘About’ page here if you would like to submit or know anyone looking for representation.
In the meantime I have been putting the word out via word of mouth and have had numerous queries and currently have five full scripts waiting to be read. If yours is one of the five, sorry… I am hoping to get through them as quickly as possible but the ones I am really interested in I am reading with my editors hat on and making notes and this all takes time.