Tuesday, March 15, 2016

In the Life of An Agent: Mental Health Edition

The job of a literary agent — like most jobs — is a hard one. Of course there is the upside of doing what you love — for me this is the best job in the world — and working with quality writers who you help sell quality work. However, it's not all fun and games. Conferences, traveling, and all that jazz is amazing. But beyond the edits, the reading, the pitches to editors, and whatever else people imagine a literary agent does is the hint of stress.

We, as literary agents, deal with people's dreams. The verbose baby they've been caring for and spending every moment with — emotionally, at least — for months, or even years. There's a certain kind of pressure that comes with knowing that. The idea I shouldn't be tweeting, because I have material to edit, or queries to read, or emails to answer, or dragons to slay. Pick your poison.

Anyway, I could go on some nonsensical ramble about all of this but, my buddy Laura Zats — associate agent — from Red Sofa Literary, tweeted about this yesterday, which inspired this post. She said it a million times better than I ever could. So here we go!




























That's it for today. Let's give a SPECIAL shoutout to Laura Zats for making such poignant posts! Happy Tuesday and remember to subscribe to Pub Hub for future posts from myself and other butt-kicking authors/agents.


And don't forget to write on!



Lane Heymont is an associate agent at The Seymour Agency, representing science fiction, fantasy, romance, nonfiction, and attempts to write his own stuff under a wonderful pseudonym. You can follow him on Twitter at @LaneHeymont

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for this. If you want all the tweets in one place you can Storify them. Just FYI. Writers feel the same way about taking time off of writing. The key is to take time off because you need to get balance in your life. All work and no play....

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  2. Thanks, Kathleen! I've heard of Storify but never checked it out. All work and no play...makes Jack a dull boy? :-)

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  3. If you want all the tweets in one place you can Storify them. Just FYI. Writers feel the same way about taking time off of writing. The key is to take time off because you need to get balance in your life hassan health

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