Originally published on A Life in the Day by Saritza Hernandez
I know that I have to get better about my time management (evidenced by the fact that I’m writing this blog post instead of continuing to check off items in my daily to-do list) but I think it's important to note that a day in the life of a literary agent is long and sometimes difficult to manage. I've made posts about "my day in the life" before but it doesn't hurt to reiterate, right?
On a typical day, my work hours are 14-16 hours long and consist of so much “brain work” that I often need a nap around 4 PM. (Much like a toddler or a Golden Girl.) So, what do these 14-6 hours consist of, you ask?
3-4 hours are usually spent replying to, composing and forwarding emails
3-4 hours are usually spent drafting, editing and formatting office documents
2-3 hours can be spent on one contract and negotiations per day
2-3 hours can be spent updating agency website and social media sites per day
2-3 hours per day can be spent talking with people
3-4 hours are spent staring at a screen or book
And at some point, we spend time with our family so they can remember what we look like, shower, eat and step outside to get some Vitamin D if we’re not popping multi-vitamins with No-Doze and gallons of coffee. So when your agent takes a few days longer to reply than you expected approach emailing them with caution and offer up a pot of coffee in reverence.
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