In the blog post The Need to Fall in Love, I made a comment in reply to one reader’s question about how an agent knows if she’ll love the author’s next book. Since I was so impressed with myself [said with preening smirk] I thought I would share my comment in a post. I also hope it will help others who feel they’ve been burned by an agent’s love.
I just set down a proposal from a client of mine. I think it’s the fifth time I’ve read this proposal. She’s published seven books and I can tell you I love everything I read every time I read it. Even when I send it back for revisions, rewrites and a gutting.
Want to know what love is? Love is getting swept up in the voice no matter how much work the book or proposal needs. Love is feeling like crying when you put it down because it’s just that good. Love is emailing the author with changes and honestly telling her you love her because the book was just that amazing.
The problem with love is that sometimes, sadly, it ends. No relationship is perfect and while we might love someone, we might learn later that we don’t love them enough or maybe we love them for who we thought they were, but learn later that they really aren’t who or what we thought.
There are no guarantees when it comes to love and publishing. And sadly, sometimes we just have to pick up the pieces of our broken heart and move on.
**let me clarify that the love for the author I’ve been working with has not ended. in fact, I am happily working with her on revisions for yet another book. What I am saying though, is that love ends and can end. It can end for authors as well. There are plenty of times an author signs with “the perfect agent” only to discover later that for whatever reason, she’s had a change of heart.