Do agents take holidays?

With the holidays fast approaching all I can think is: I can’t wait for the holidays so I can catch up on my required reading…

Agents, and many book professionals, use their breaks to read and catch up on the things they haven’t been able to do while busy doing day-to-day work.

This often includes:

  • Reading client’s manuscripts.
  • Reading requested partials and fulls.
  • Doing research for projects coming up in the new year.
  • Getting submission lists ready for the new year.
  • Reading books for fun! Book publishing professionals get a lot of books as gifts over the holidays because it’s an easy fit.

Our offices will technically be closed, but we’ll get lots of work done.

While I’ll be spending Christmas with friends and loved ones I’ll have a book in hand the entire time…

Until then I’ll be working on client projects in various stages and trying to wrap some contract negotiations up before offices close.

Happy holidays, hope you fit some reading in too!

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Published by Carly Watters

Carly Watters is a SVP, senior literary agent and director of literary branding with the P.S. Literary Agency. She is a hands-on agent that develops proposals and manuscripts with attention to detail and the relevant markets. PSLA’s mission is to manage authors’ literary brands for their entire career. Never without a book on hand she reads across categories which is reflected in the genres she represents and is actively seeking new authors in including women’s fiction, commercial and upmarket fiction, select literary fiction, platform-driven non fiction and select memoir. She occasionally represents children's book projects. Carly is drawn to emotional, well-paced narratives, with a great voice and characters that readers can get invested in.

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