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 http://bookendslitagency.blogspot.com/ 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.