Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Go Ahead. Say it. I’m Crazy - Guest Blogger, Linda S. Glaz
I love writing. The thrill I get when a character redefines who he or she is and the way that change weaves into my story is the best rush in life…to me.
But I also love it when one of my clients hears for the first time that a publisher has fallen in love with their novel as much as they have. As much as I did when they first sent it to me.
That’s right, another huge rush.
A couple of my clients asked me how I can do both. How can I write and be an agent at the same time? Easy. I don’t sleep. Seriously, I work about sixty hours a week, but don’t fear, I take plenty of breaks. And I eat. Way too much, actually, but don’t get me started there.
The truth is, I like that I’m also an author. It gives me the opportunity to understand just how my clients feel. When they haven’t heard from a submission, I get it. I realize they are checking the email every day, grabbing the phone before the second ring. Anything to find out if the editor wanted their work or not.
On the other hand, I know better than to pester my agent…I was going to say once a week, but the fact is, I know he will tell me the second he hears back from an editor. I don’t have to ask at all. Because why would he keep that wonderful news from me? He’s as excited as I am.
I’m deeply indebted to two things in this work:
First are the characters who’ve lived in my head for oh, so long, and who now trust me to tell their stories. I’m forever grateful that when I get the details wrong, they pester me until I change them and get it right. There’s nothing like a dozen or so folks rambling around in your head all upset.
Next, I’m forever indebted to the folks who trust me with their stories. I know how hard it is to trust someone with your baby. Again, I know because I’ve put a dozen or so projects in my agent’s hands. And while I trust him implicitly, it hurts each time I have to let go.
A lot of work.
And go ahead, say I’m crazy, but I wouldn’t trade it for thing.
Talk about a dream job. I’ve got it.