August 29th, 2007

books

what am I looking for?

Last night over dinner I was thinking about the 3 new clients I've signed up this year and trying to figure out what they had in common. I had it in mind that this would let me more easily and more accurately answer the oft-asked question of what I was looking for in terms of new projects to represent. Unfortunately, I think I ended up disproving the thesis that there was much in the way of commonalities. The most I came up with is that all the writers had been previously published by a professionally recognized magazine or publisher and they all live in coastal states. The fact that they had previous publications probably got them some notice, but I still had to fall in love with the new projects so I don't think it's a final determining factor either. And, I don't think the geography made much of a difference since my other clients live all over the U.S. and even in other countries. So much for this idea.

The list of things they do not have in common was much longer:

* They write in different genres covering speculative fiction, romance, young adult and mystery.
* One came by an in-person introduction, the other by a written referral, and the third through the query system.
* They do not all have the same gender.
* I've met one of them in person, but not the other two (yet).
* They live in different states and not even all on the same Coast.

I thought about asking them their sign, their favorite color/food/drink, and their marital status but decided that those really weren't relevant factors or indicators as to what drew me into taking on their projects. And I can't think of any other variables that were similar that I could take into account, though I'd be open to suggestions as to what additional aspects one should consider when assessing this question.

I suppose they have one more thing in common -- me. And hooking me as a reader. Because I loved their writing, their characters, and their stories, even if I can't form a thesis about where they intersect other than in my own head. This didn't turn out to be as helpful as I had hoped. Back to the drawing board....