I’ve written and filmed on Querying During the Time of Covid-19 and I stand behind what I said. In these difficult times, we need books and agents are ready for queries, but what does that mean on the agenting side?
How We are Reading
There’s no doubt we are all reading differently now, industry professionals and readers. Some of us are struggling to stay focused and others are looking only for light books. How each agent is reading is not your concern. Your job as the author is to give them a book they can lose themselves in. Even those thinking they want light books will lose themselves in a dark book. That’s all we want, to lose ourselves.
That being said, Covid-19 and all that it has brought has forced everyone in publishing to look at things differently–the books we are publishing, our lists, and what’s next.
An Eye to the Future
There is no doubt that my thought process has been changed by Covid-19. I’m watching publishers move release dates, furlough or lay off employees and stop buying. It’s scary. I can’t pretend otherwise.
With that in mind, I need to look to my future as an agent and the future of BookEnds, and my clients. What do I need to build and ensure that we can sell now, and continue to grow and build even in the toughest of times? What do I need to do for my clients to ensure that when this is over they are still standing?
For every agent, this is going to be different. There is no right answer. I’m encouraging my agents and clients to keep moving forward. To keep doing what we do best and taking a close look at our lists to see where we might have holes for books that are most needed now and will be most needed two years from now.
This will likely mean more hustling than we usually do, but I also know we’re up to the task.
Personally, I’m looking for lots of new fiction. My goal for 2020 was to add 10 new authors. I might even expand that. I’m also looking for big nonfiction. Nonfiction is less subjective then fiction and to me feels like a place I want and need to be right now. But don’t let that discourage you if you’re a fiction writer. I’ve been reading nonstop during this time and clinging to those books I can’t put down. Send me that.
I’ve worked hard during our shutdown to keep our blog, Twitter, YouTube channel and Instagram active. Both as a way to help authors understand what’s going on in publishing during these times and to keep my own mind busy. It helps me to help you. I plan to continue to do so for years to come.
BookEnds isn’t going anywhere.