As many of you know, I am constantly trying to improve my golf game. Each summer I spend hours on Saturdays and Sundays on the driving range, in lessons, and on the golf course practicing and playing. This summer I started working with a new golf pro to completely change and improve my swing; it was a radical step that involved studying videos of my swing (something I’d never done before) and learning how to make adjustments based on the replays, but, in the end, after many hours of working on it and lots of frustration, I am happy to report that I’m seeing some significant improvement.
Like golf, our agenting takes continual practice, both in choosing the projects we will represent and establishing a strategy to sell those projects. As in golf, we find that we learn from our failures as much or more than from our successes and we are constantly tweaking our game—finding different publishers and editors to whom to submit and different approaches to developing the books we are representing.
This can be a very frustrating process, but as with golf, with enough “practice” we often succeed.
In fact, this summer I have done deals with at least three publishers who are entirely new to me. After agenting for so many years, I still get a kick out of establishing relationships with new publishers and editors—it’s a very inspiring and exciting part of our business.
Changing things up every once in a while is something I love to do, both in golf and in life. Do you have a hobby or sport you pursue that gives you perspective on your writing?