What if searching for the best literary agent were as easy as trading baseball cards? Think about it, there could be a nice little market for literary agent trading cards, or at least a page where literary agent statistics were easily compared. I mean, come on. If you were a baseball team owner looking for a new player and saw a rookie coming out with a .450 batting average, wouldn't you try to snatch him up? Sure you would.
One of the agent blogs I like to read is that of Kristin Nelson. She has great info about the business and keeps her posts peppy and fresh. At the end of each year, she also posts some stats for her team. Below is a quote from her blog.
Happy New Year! I hope your 2012 is off to a rip-roaring start. Mine is. I've got exciting news on the film front for two of my authors and an auction unfolding next week.
I even signed a new author when we were closing for the holidays. Talk about cramming stuff in as the year closed.
My New Year's resolution is to be a better blogger in 2012 so I better get started.
books sold (up from 28 last year). Why the big jump? Two agents on fire during the year.
foreign rights deals done (pretty much on par with last year).
number of new clients (Kristin and Sara combined)
36,000+ or some big number…
estimated number of queries read and responded to. We get so much spam these days, despite good filters, it's hard to tell. We estimate anywhere from 80 to 100 a day. Times that by 365 and you get approximately 36,000.
full manuscripts requested and read (down from 98 from 2010)
number of sample pages requested and read (this is down from last year--mostly because I took a several month hiatus from reading submissions actually. I'm back to reading lots in 2012 though so bring it on).
number of projects currently on submission
tv and major motion picture deals
number of copies in print for my bestselling series this year
number of copies in print for my bestselling title this year
8 for Kristin (including BEA, RWA and Frankfurt), 4 for Anita, and 9 for Sara
number of conferences attended
number of career NLA New York Times Bestsellers (who says that's an unlucky number!)
number of books named to Publisher's Weekly list of top books of the year (that would be LEGEND by Marie Lu this year)
number of physical holiday cards sent
number of electronic holiday cards sent
number of eggnog chai consumed in the month of December. It was probably 31 but that makes me look like a glutton!
number of late nights reading on my new chaise with Chutney
number of great days loving my job
2012 is going to be a GREAT year!
Thanks for the stats Kristin. You and your team seem to be tearing it up. I know my lame query wouldn't make it past your discerning gaze but if for some reason you ever get a hankering to represent a unique story about an amnesic destroying angel who falls in love a little too late, let me know. ;)
Anyway, seriously everyone - I may just set out on a quest here, a quest to revolutionize the way we writers wade through the widespread nest of literary agents. Anyone want to help?