Ever wonder exactly what agents do all day? Below is a running diary I kept of my morning. It was a bit busier than normal, but I think it accurately represents what we do.
8:45am – Checked email at home and responded to e-queries before leaving for work (9 rejections).
9:15am – Starbucks. Delicious.
9:25am – Arrived at the office. Responded to Client A’s questions regarding offer received yesterday.
10:00am – Submitted mystery to editor via email after querying about project yesterday.
10:05am – Responded to e-queries (7 rejections).
10:20am – Spoke with Agent Colleague A about preemptive offers.
10:40am – E-mailed with Client B about book clubs and her new book.
10:45am – Reviewed amended contract sent by publisher for legal client.
11:15am – Wrote new French subagent about a project that I sold last week.
11:35am – Updated Client A regarding offer and possible auction.
11:40am – Spoke with Agent Colleague B about audio books.
11:45am – Read Publisher’s Lunch.
11:47am – Began reading requested partial.
11:53am – Received offer via email for Client C. Called client and left message to discuss. Returned to reading requested partial.
12:42pm – Spoke with Client D about phone conversation he had with an editor interested in client’s project.
12:46pm – Called editors reviewing Client C’s project and let them know that an offer was received.
12:57pm – Responded to e-queries (3 rejections)
1:03pm – Posted a blog entry.
1:08pm – Went to Chipotle for lunch.