Email is great–except for you texting weirdos–& the phone is essential, but to me there is nothing like a face to face meeting.
In fact I would argue that 10 emails=5 phone calls=1 meeting.
And this week has been nice–I was lucky to have the Olympics here in 2010, & because the Canucks have done so well in the playoffs, there are a lot of hockey people in town right now. (And luckily for me most of them are at the same hotel.) This week I have seen
And I managed to have coffee or spend some time with
If you are reading my blog, you are either interested what it’s like being a literary agent, or, far more likely, looking for an agent for your own stuff.
So why I am telling you this?
Here’s why: the odds of me signing up all these people are slim to none (admittedly, two or three of them are already clients, but they only represent 10% of the names here); but still, I feel every minute was worth it. Because the people I talked to know who I am now. They might not do a book, or do a book with me, but the odds are good they will recommend me to others. And they know a LOT of people.
So don’t stop hustling for your book. It’s not supposed to be easy.