Archive for the ‘The Pile’ Category
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.
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?
As we draw towards the end of January, it seems like a good time to look back and review where I’m up to in getting the agency up and running.
I have three clients and have had the chance to meet up with them and discuss and agree immediate and longer term plans. (I’m waiting until my client list numbers five or six before making an announcement to the trade about whom I am representing.) I’ve started to work with two writers on revisions that I think will get their scripts to the stage that they are ready to be sent out. I also got back to two other writers whom I have not offered representation to with revision suggestions. I’d be delighted to have the chance to consider again their revised or new work.
I have started to meet and introduce myself to several editors at different publishers and have started to find out what they are currently looking to buy. I have negotiated a new contract for one of my clients. I have prepared outlines and approaches to several publishers with two scripts I have that are ready to market.
I have spent a lot of time considering submissions. I have considered about thirty queries, of which I have requested to see eight full scripts. Five fulls I have made decisions on, and there are three still sitting on The Pile.
I have started to work with a couple of readers, although I have also read all the submissions myself.
I’ve given an interview to a writing magazine and have been invited to give two talks to writers later in the year.
I have also been sorting out initial plans for the London Book Fair in April. This is the major UK publishing trade fair and the best opportunity to meet with international publishers face to face.
Today I was “in the office” all day, as if that promised a relatively relaxed day of catching up on emails, paperwork and reading. In fact I seem to have spent most of the day on the telephone, speaking with publishers, authors and a new writer I’m hoping to take on as a client. Thus I’ve managed only a few emails, no paperwork and certainly no reading.
“The pile”, as I refer to the pile of full manuscripts that I’ve requested to read in full, has reduced but expanded with two new additions this week, so I’m still at three. I also have five or six outstanding queries, and I really hope to have time tomorrow to give these attention before the week finishes. I think this is inevitably going to be a bottleneck: I only have one pair of eyes. Literary agencies often use readers and this is something I’m looking into but at the moment I guess I’m trying to build my list quickly and I know I trust my own judgment.