How Good Books Can Lead to Spotless Floors
My desk is piled high with manuscripts. Okay, I’m lying. There are no piles. There are files in my computer, and more files on my brand new 3G Kindle. They’re virtual piles.
At the top of the piles are manuscripts from my clients. Next in line are manuscripts from people wanting to be my clients.
If you imagine those piles never end, you’re right. So the problem for an agent is, how can we take time for pleasure reading? The reading of actual *gasp* published books?
We’ve got to find the time to read something besides manuscripts. Otherwise how will we be savvy, up-to-date, on-top-of-things agents? How will we know what’s going on in publishing if we aren’t actually reading published books?
We MUST read. It’s quite a conundrum, trying to find the time, trying to justify reading anything besides those stacks of manuscripts.
Eureka! I’ve found a solution and it’s called Audible.com. I can hardly express how much I love Audible (without gushing all over the place).
There are so many moments in daily life when I can’t read a manuscript, but I CAN listen to my iPod. Such as: running, hiking, cleaning my house, folding my laundry, cooking dinner, waiting in the carpool line at school, and watching my daughters in their sports. Thanks to Audible, it’s all potential reading time. And I don’t even appear especially antisocial.
In the last month since I started using Audible, I’ve listened to:
Room by Emma Donoghue
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
Rescue by Anita Shreve
Time Management from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern
Making Work Work by Julie Morgenstern
And now I’m almost finished with The Hunger Games (book 1) by Suzanne Collins. Oh. My. Goodness. This is such a (figurative) page-turner that over the weekend I desperately needed an excuse to keep listening… so I decided to spend a little more time on housework. I scrubbed and buffed our hardwood floors ’til they looked like new. It was the most fun I’ve ever had cleaning anything. (Trust me, housework isn’t my specialty.)
Right now I’m having a hard time holding myself back from picking up the iPod again.
Must… work…….. Must… not… listen…
Listened to anything good lately?
© 2011 Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent