A burning question about the secretive habits of agents -- how many clients
must the average agent represent to survive?
And how much gin is enough to allow a manuscript over the transom?
Well, you only need one if it's John Grisham.
Some agencies represent hundreds of people but they're not all doing a book a year.
And our money comes in on the back end too--if your book keeps earning, we like that a LOT.
So the answer is-it varies. I have 20 or so active clients. That number is based not on how much I earn but how much I can do. More than that and I'd be too overworked to stay on top of everything the way I like.
And the answer is Zero on the gin question.
Manuscripts over the transom are rejected without being read.
I only read solicited work.
Now, throw your query over the transom all you like, I read everything I get.
But send your ms without the secret code, and it's Yapp fodder.