Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Overwhelmed

I am exhausted!

The workload since Labor Day has been monumental. I have read 4 300-page (some a little longer) manuscripts and at least 10 partials since the 4th, done 3 contracts, had too many meetings and managed to fit in five or six Yankee games at the ballpark (they clinched this evening!), as well as a concert or two (Rush and Gov't Mule).

I feel like I have made a thousand submissions, but it's more like 200.

Any the work keeps on piling up.

I had two old clients deliver new work out of the blue which I had to fold into the workload (and they are both terrific projects).

Every weekend has been jam-packed with family stuff, leaving me little extra time to catch up.

And tomorrow I leave for a writer's conference in Virginia, where I get to see three of my clients I haven't seen for at least 5 years.

But this is all good news too, because I am getting great response to the material I submitted and expect to have three offers on the table by next week, and another two or three by the following week.

And maybe then I can catch my breath?

6 comments:

Bump in the Night said...

Here's to catching your breath and getting offers that take your clients' breath away.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Catch your breath?

Nah. Just go see those most excellent bands again. Breathing's not necessary when music that excellent exists.

kaedajnor said...

What?!?! I thought agents just put manuscripts into a Magic Manuscript Machine and it picked out the good ones and those became bestsellers.

It's great that you do what you do, though.

Mind if I hang around? - Jaden Nation

JDuncan said...

Well you lucky little so and so. You got to see Rush? Guess that sort of dates me to say they are one of my all time favorite bands. I'm jealous. Good to see business is good though, and hope you get to relax in the near future.

Travis Erwin said...

Hope all goes well and you catch up soon.

As always thanks for taking the time to let us know what it is like on the other side of the fence.

Ryan Field said...

Well, it's good to read and hear about the positive things happening in publishing for a change. Best to you! And, though I can't mention his name, I'd like to congratulate a good agent friend who will celebrate 30 years of agenting on Oct. 1, 2007.