Friday, May 22, 2009

An Agent's Time by Jessica Faust*

Why are there never enough hours in the day? I know everyone feels this way and I’m certainly no different, however as I watch the submission piles grow and the equeries come in I sometimes wonder what I do all day. How come I can’t get any of it done? So out of curiosity I tracked myself. How long do things actually take around here. Keep in mind this is not necessarily one day’s list, but an idea of how long different projects might take me.

Reading and responding to 25 equeries: 1 1/2 hours on a Sunday morning

Reading and editing the first 100 pages of a client’s next project, including sending it back with a letter: 3 hours

Reading and editing a client’s proposal (synopsis for three books only): 1 hour

Attending the BookEnds weekly meeting: 45 minutes

Reading daily publishing news that comes to me through email: 10 to 20 minutes (depending on how many links I click through)

Breakfast with a client: 4 hours (including travel time)

Introductory phone call with an editor newly assigned to my client: 15 minutes

Receiving a phone call from an editor with an offer: 10 minutes

Calling and telling a client that she’s just made her first deal: 15 very excited minutes

Read Publishers Weekly: 20 minutes

Writing a blog post: 20 minutes

Brainstorming phone call/career discussion with client: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Reviewing a contract from a publisher: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Lunch with an editor: 3 hours, 30 minutes (including travel time)

Career planning conversation with client: 40 minutes

So there you have it. A peek into what I do with my time.

*This post originally appeared at on Friday, November 21, 2008.

As a literary agent and cofounder of BookEnds, LLC, Jessica Faust prides herself on working closely with her authors to make their goals come to fruition. Her areas of expertise include historical, contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, and erotic romance, urban fantasy, women's fiction, mysteries, suspense, and thrillers. In nonfiction, Jessica specializes in current affairs, business, finance, career, parenting, psychology, women's issues, self-help, health, sex, and general nonfiction. While open to anything, Jessica is most actively seeking unique fiction with a strong hook, and nonfiction with creative ideas and large author platforms.

1 comment:

  1. I was just looking at your BookEnds Submissions page and I noticed that there's a note that "unfortunately she's lost all e-mails sent between June 27th and September 5th." Since neither of those two dates has come to pass this year I will assume that the page has not been updated in a while. Are the genres listed ("BookEnds is currently accepting queries from published and unpublished writers in the areas of romance (and all its sub-genres), erotica, mystery, suspense, women's fiction, and literary fiction. We also do a great deal of nonfiction in the areas of spirituality, new age, self-help, business, finance, health, pop science, psychology, relationships, parenting, pop culture, true crime, and general nonfiction") still the ones you are actively searching for? Would a futuristic paranormal with mild romantic elements be of interest?

    Marc Vun Kannon