Time to Stop Digging
I have this quote from businessman Warren Buffet that I keep posted where I can see it often:
When you find yourself in a hole, the best thing you can do is stop digging.
It sounds ridiculously simple, right? But easier said than done.
Right now, I have to tell you: I’m in a hole. I picked up three more clients from ACFW, and I’m pretty much at my limit. I’m almost to the point of not being able to get everything done in a timely manner.
So, I have to stop digging. Translated, this means: I probably won’t take on any more new clients for about the next month. (This could be negotiable if you volunteer to move in with me, take care of my children and do all the cooking, grocery shopping, laundry, and housecleaning.)
If you’re waiting for an answer from me on a partial I’ve requested… if you’re hoping to hear that I’m offering representation… it’s going to have to wait until I’m caught up and properly taking care of the clients I’ve already said yes to.
Believe me, this is hard to say! When I find a project I love, I really want to say yes. I don’t like to pass up chances to work with talented authors on great projects. But it wouldn’t do either of us any good if I were to say “yes” and then not have time to do the work.
So as difficult as this is, I’m going to stop digging. Please bear with me; I’ll get caught up soon enough. Then I will be able to consider new clients again.
Anyone want to share stories of your own deep hole? How did you get out of it? Was it hard to stop digging?
Rachelle Gardner is a Christian literary agent affiliated with WordServe Literary Group in Colorado.