Did you know that the week of Labor Day is the busiest one of the year for agents?
We edit and polish our proposals and novels all summer long to release them to the newly returned and rejuvenated editors now back from their summer vacations and working all-day long again on Fridays (it's an industry-wide practice to have half-days on Fridays from Memorial Day through Labor Day). The first weeks of September are when all the big fall books are sold.
I have four big books going out (three memoirs and one novel). I also had scheduled a lunch with a really senior editor at one of the major houses and "took" a surprise meeting with one of my clients and an editor to brainstorm ideas.
On top of this, I have given myself the assignment of writing an annual letter to the industry in which I give an overview of what's selling, as well as highlighting some of the projects I'm sending out, which I email to about 300 editors, with my up-dated client list attached.
Every day this week I've put in at least 10 hours of work.
I'm writing this at 10:30 p.m. while unwinding listening to the Yankee game.