I was told a while ago by a professor that Literary Agents are typically in the publishing business for a while before they became an Agent. What I took away from this was that all Agents were old farts with a tweed jacket and a pipe. As I researched Agents a bit more, I discovered something: they were quite young sometimes! My Academic Advisor gave me a magazine with Agent articles in it. The pictures of the interviewed agents contained youthful people smiling brightly on the cover. Just today I stumbled across a blog by an Agent
and he was quite handsome too.
Now that I’ve gone off on a vain little rant, I will try to explain my findings. I took comfort that being a Literary Agent wasn’t a goal that was far off. Of course, I will have to experience the world of publishing outside the college classroom, but I won’t be near retirement when I move on to being an Agent. For now, I will work hard getting into the industry and seeing how far I can go in that world.
I’m excited about my future.