A challenge was made and I fully intend to meet it. In yesterday’s comments I was asked where I see myself in five years and again in 10 years. Ironically I was asked this same question during an RWA pitch appointment. An author met with me not to pitch something (I’d already seen work from her) but to have a chance to talk with me face-to-face for ten minutes. Not a bad idea considering how little downtime I really had at the conference to chat with authors.
Okay, back to the challenge. It’s hard to say really. The beauty of starting BookEnds was that Jacky and I did so believing that it would always be something that was fluid. We would never establish what we had to be because that could easily change over time. We originally started as packagers, but in just a short year we decided we needed more and switched our business to agenting. I never saw myself as the agent of erotica, until I noticed the success of ebooks and started reading it. It’s been a good fit so far.
In five and ten years I honestly seeing myself doing the one job I truly, truly love. Agenting. I can’t imagine leaving behind this business that I’m so proud of and a job that really makes me happy. I imagine I’ll be taking on fewer new clients and I hope I’ll continue to represent the amazing talent I already have on my list. A client once said to me that she has fantasies that the two of us will be in our 80’s together. She’ll still be writing and I’ll still be negotiating. I have the same dream.
I also hope that in five and ten years publishing takes me in unforeseen directions. I can already see inklings of fantasy in my future and hope that I’ll continue to represent strong and interesting business titles. Of course I imagine my workload will get heavier, with all of those bestselling authors I’m going to represent.
Will the agency grow as well? It’s hard to say. Right now Jacky and I are really happy with just Kim and Linda our assistant. And of course the interns, but you never know. Maybe someone else (besides Kim) will con us into hiring her. And if it works nearly as well as it’s worked with Kim I don’t think we’ll mind a bit.
In a nutshell I guess I see myself sitting behind this very desk, typing away on my Mac (always a Mac) and staring at walls and walls of “my” books.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years or 10?