Balancing the Reading in a Literary Agent’s TBR Pile
- By: Jessica Faust | Date: Mar 10 2016
As an agent it seems that I am always struggling to balance what I’m reading. Last year I was lucky to be able to get in a lot of pleasure reading. This year, I’ve barely finished one book. A truth I’m loathe to admit.
The difference? This year I’m looking at my reading in a different way. I’ve marched into this year on the hunt for fresh new books. So far I’ve been lucky. I’ve already taken on two new clients, submitted the work of another client I took on late last year, and submitted something really fresh and exciting by a more established client. There’s a lot I’m looking forward to in 2016.
That being said, I got lucky enough to catch a cold that required a lot of rest. It gave me time to settle in with what might be a new favorite author. Thanks to this nasty virus I spent time getting to know Sara Blaedel and The Forgotten Girls. What a wonderfully dark and atmospheric novel. I liked the damaged heroine and the setting. I loved the creepy nature of the book and I look forward to reading more just like it.
Now I’m hunting through my reading piles for more creepy.
Creepy gives me nightmares. Doesn’t matter if it’s book or screen I can’t do it. Just realised this would be a downside to agenting – you’d have to read things you mightn’t really like to stay up with trends (and possibly inbox). *shudder*
There’s no reason an agent has to read what an agent isn’t interested in representing.