Saturday, March 6, 2010

Requested Material Recap

In 2009 I kept track of how many books I read.  So far in 2010, I'm not reading books at quite the same pace.  I am however reading a ton of manuscripts.  For statistics purposes, here's where I am right now.

In 2010...

I've been a second reader on 6 manuscripts for other agents in the office.

I've read and sent editorial letters on 23 client manuscripts - some of them more than once.

I've read 92 manuscripts I requested (some partials, some fulls).

Of those 92...

I referred 1 to another agent (they're now working together).

I sent editorial letters to 5.

I offered representation to 3.


And how many published books have I read so far in 2010?  ::hides face in embarrassment:: 7

13 comments:

Christi Goddard said...

Don't be embarrassed. You've read more books combined (published and unpublished) than most people. Just because they weren't published doesn't mean they weren't good stories, right?

RIGHT?

That's what we writers keep telling ourselves.

Myrna Foster said...

That's a lot of reading. You have nothing to be embarrassed about.

Thanks for the info!

ChristaCarol said...

You put me to shame, lady. :)

Lisa Desrochers said...

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. YOU WORK TOO HARD!

Kristin Miller said...

Well, what can you expect when people like me (erm . . . as like me as possible . . . ) keep sending you those "more than once" manuscripts. I should be the one hiding in shame. :( You're doing an amazing job!

hannah said...

I've read all of four published books so far in 2010. And it's not like I'm doing any manuscript reading besides that, so you've still got me beat.

Kristi Faith said...

Well, I could hide my face in embarrassment too. It's amazing you've read anything published with as much as you have on your desk! :0) Thanks for the update, it still gives me hope!

Suzette Saxton said...

I'm honored to find myself among those numbers. :)

I remember an interview with the great Richard Jackson in which he was asked for a list of published books he was reading. He answered that he never read published works as he was too busy finding the next great novel.

lotusgirl said...

I can't believe you're embarrassed. That's a lot of reading.

Sharon Mayhew said...

Great interview! You had great questions (and answers).

Sarah said...

I've read 7 published books this year too and, um, I thought I was doing pretty darn well. I'm with Kristin-you're doing an amazing job!

inkwench said...

Wow, that's a ton of reading! No need to hide in embarrassment there. Am most happy to be included in those numbers too. :-)

Mechelle Fogelsong said...

As one of the lucky people who got an editorial letter from you, I wish to thank you for taking the time to give me feedback. I've since made changes based on your recommendations. I think I sent you a Hallmark-style "thank you card" via snail mail as well.

You're too kind! I won't forget.

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