Friday, November 21, 2008

An Agent's Time

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.