THINGS I HATE ABOUT BEING A LITERARY AGENT
- •Free lunches with editors are great but sometimes you just want to eat a salad at your desk and screw around on the internet.
- •People reeeeeeeaaaallllly care about my opinion. A lot. More than I do even.
- •I always think I'm right and I will happily argue with you about anything because...duh I'm always right. Which makes me very good at my job but a terrible person in general.
- •It would be nice to read a book without knowing any gossip about the author, her editor or agent, etc.
- •We all get into the publishing industry because we love to read books, but now we only read manuscripts. Which I guess is a Catch-22.
- •This job keeps me really busy and it really stifles my dreams of being a professional poker player. Or Bradley Cooper's personal assistant. Or an ice cream taster for Ben & Jerry's.
- •Often I meet someone at a party and think we are fast friends until...they pull a manuscript out of their ass crack and I realize they are only talking to me because they want me to make them into the next famous novelist.
- •I often become a favor for someone. As in "I adore my ophthalmologist and I told her you'd read her sister's book so look out for an email. I haven't read it myself but she's so nice. I owe you a drink!" This is a real example. This happens almost daily.