I’ve always been very open about the size of my client list. Like any agent who has been in the business for 20+ years, I have a wonderfully solid stable of clients. It’s what every agent aspires to so there’s no way you’ll ever see me complain about that.
One reader asked this:
Curious… I’m assuming that while you are open to submissions you can’t take on as many (to manage your client load) so would you a) reject something that perhaps in the past you might have gone further with (because you can afford to be picky) or b) pass to another of your team?
I definitely reject books that 15 years ago I might have offered representation to or at least continued reading to the end, but whether or not I pass it on to someone else depends. Fifteen years ago the quality of my submissions was very different. Don’t get me wrong, I got some definite winners, authors who are still with me today, but I was also the last round for many authors. So what was great for my pile, wasn’t necessarily great for today’s submission pile. If it softens the blow, I will tell you that I didn’t sell any of those books or authors. I sold only the ones that today I would still take on.
At BookEnds we very openly pass along submissions all the time. Sometimes it’s because I’m overwhelmed and a book comes in with an offer. It’s something that sounds really promising, but I don’t have the time to give it the attention in deserves, at least in that moment, so pass it on to another agent I think will do a better job. Sometimes I request something that sounds intriguing, but in the end it was more of a pleasure read, not the kind of book I usually represent. I’ll definitely pass that on. I also think that many of you can attest to the fact that we frequently reject books or queries and recommend you query another BookEnds agent.
So we will pass things on, but if by chance we don’t it doesn’t mean you can’t go to another BookEnds agent on your own.