2 thoughts on “How My Time as an Editor Gives Me Insight into a Literary Agent’s Workday

  1. I’ve always found your first thought interesting. Do you think writers are better off getting a job in a different field, than editing/writing? Because this gives the problems you mentioned above. Or do you think there are more benefits to getting a job in that field? This way your immersed in your craft, and are surrounded by people who support/guide you.

    I’d love to get your thoughts on this Karen. I’m young and looking for possible ventures!


    1. Hi Kevin, in my case, my job clouded my head so much I couldn’t create the inner peaceful silence I needed to creatively write (even though I was writing non-fiction at my job every day). But I was also in hi-tech, which is one of the most mind-consuming kinds of places to work. If you can get an editorial job that doesn’t exhaust your mind too much, then I think it could help you be a better writer. But ultimately becoming a great writer requires the time to just do it, so I also think you could work in a different field and still be a writer. Wallace Stevens was an insurance agent all of his life and yet he produced a ton of poetry. Good luck!


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