I read a submission recently that was good. The voice was good, the writing was good, and the idea was cute. But I just didn’t want it. I didn’t want to finish reading the book or keep reading the book and I didn’t want to work on it. I passed.
If I’m going to help an author achieve her goals I need to want it as bad as she does, and that doesn’t just mean wanting to reap the rewards, it means wanting to represent that book as bad as she wanted to write it. Sure I can sell anything, but can I help truly create success if I’m not as fired up as the author? It’s unlikely.
I also have a productive client list, a group of authors who are doing well and who keep me busy, which means I can be a whole lot pickier when I’m taking on someone new. I’m not looking to fill any gaps in my list, I’m looking for something that blows me away and inspires me to work my butt off for this one book or one author. I’m not looking for just something to do.