Getting a Literary AgentFinding a frahling
What makes it so hard to get a wife?
Apparently 316 other operatives had turned him down, which would have made him more philosophic. I' m not unpleasant for his frustration; to find an agent is not simple. Many of my buddies are authors; I have devoted many of my time to help them create a mailing lists and letters of inquiry. I am always amazed at how long it can take for a novice writer to study his work and then take it over - even though it is clear to me from an intellectual point of view that it is not a judgement of your work when an agent leaves.
If an agent is in place and has a large listing, she might choose that your work is too similar to others on her listing. So I can submit a script to 28 writers, I get rejections from 27 of them (each of whom will have a very different answer to the book) and it becomes a best-seller.
Most of the agent's work involves looking after their customers; they have to keep their list small or they won't do their job. Accountants and editors are like investors. They find out if a given operation is a worthwhile one. When a frahling is reading your script, that's what he thinks:
Have I got enough to do a good day's work for this writer? A frahling always wants to fell in lov. Nothing in Bookland is more tempting than a newcomer: a cartoon: a debut novel: A bookland: That' s why an writer can only invest twenty per cent of her spare minute searching for an agent.
Finding a wife is like looking for a career. You have to do it seriously and methodologically, but the remainder of your lifetime has to be devoted to write the next volume and live your world.