I have been an agent for over 15 years. In fact, closer to 20 years (gah!). I have a roster of successful clients, a growing agency and I have this blog to write. To some that might mean, logically, that I’d close to submissions. Despite a hectic schedule and a full client list I am still open to submissions. I am still actively seeking new clients.
Why? Because part of the joy of this job is the hunt. There’s such pleasure in getting a query that excites you for a book you’ve always wanted to see on your list. I feel the same way when a client calls with a new idea. Sometimes I have to hold myself back from forcing her to write faster.
I have closed to queries in the past, sometimes referral only, sometimes for the summer and sometimes for a longer period of time. I know that right now I am embarrassingly far behind in my reading. For that I apologize. It doesn’t however mean that I’ve lost enthusiasm for your book or that my delay is any indication of how I feel about the book. It just means I’ve been busy with other things.
I am still taking on new clients, just not as many as I was back in 2007 when response times were faster and client lists are smaller. I still have a #MSWL of things I don’t yet have on my list and hope to one day take on. And for all of those reasons I am still open to submissions.