Sadly, those people are going to wait a while longer because there isn't a lot of reading time on the date book this month. January is busy!
Mostly we're getting ready to move next door. None of our contact info will change which makes this the easiest move I've ever had even before it starts. Painting commenced on Friday, and proceeded on Saturday, and continues today. I love the smell of primer in the morning!
These pictures got posted on my Facebook page first. You do know about my Facebook page, right?
On Tuesday when we talked about things getting too twisted, it was interesting to see this is not a fixed point on the Ewww barometer. What's "too much" can vary both with the reader and the writer. I often struggle with the idea of violence as entertainment, particularly on days like Wednesday when the violence is all too real.
On Wednesday I ranted about people not using the guidelines to write their queries. I'm absolutely convinced after 18 months of Chum Bucket that the people who don't follow the directions when they query haven't even read them, or maybe not even looked for them. The people who ARE paying attention are almost universally giving me what I need to evaluate their queries. I guess the question now becomes, how do you get people to read the directions first?
Thursday was just filled with sorrow as the news from Paris became bleaker and bleaker. The question that keeps coming back to me is the moment on the street when the attackers forced someone to open the door. Masked men with automatic weapons….would you open the door? I have no idea if I would. I can't imagine being that scared.
And all through the week, the work continued. I always laugh when people say things like "you read queries all day" or "must be nice to be able to read all day." Here's the partial list of things I did this week, things that are the core business of an agent, and the things no one ever really talks about:
1. Auditing royalty statements. Did the correct rate get charged on ebooks? Did the reserve for returns held back on the last statement get accounted for on this statement.
2. Making sure royalty statements are sent. Some smaller publishers get behind like everyone else. My job is to make sure they don't forget entirely.
3. Hatching plans for a non-fiction proposal.
4. Helping a client build a blog
5. Calling editors who've changed jobs recently to catch up on what's on their wish list at the new place.
6. Discussing flap copy with editors and clients.
7. Soliciting blurbs for upcoming books
8. Negotiating contracts
There are some really terrific questions coming up on the blog next week and a couple that really got me jumping up and down.
See you Monday for contest results!