I was directed this morning to Jennifer Crusie’s post on her crazy hectic life and most importantly, and shockingly, her firing by her agent. Now I make that sound much more harsh than Jennifer did. And the reason I’m writing about her post is that I was awed and amazed by the poise both Jennifer and her agent Meg maintained while handling what is always a very difficult situation. I’m not sure I could have done it.
Imagine, deciding to let go a bestselling author because you know that you are not the right agent to handle this new direction she wants to take her career. That takes a humble and very wise agent. Someone I respect greatly. I talk all the time about choosing not to represent someone, even with contract in hand, because of a lack of passion for her work. Rarely though do I talk about needing to let a client go for that very same, or similar, reason. Good agents will remind themselves that they are in the business to work for authors and sometimes the best thing you can do is let someone go.
I will use Jen’s post as a reminder for the kind of agent I want to be and the kind of relationship I want with my clients. One of honesty and trust.
If you haven’t read the post please do so. I can’t imagine the fear it puts into the hearts of writers because I know it made my breath catch just a bit.