Don’t Write Alone | Interviews

Soumeya Bendimerad Roberts on the Day-to-Day Job of a Literary Agent

“One of the things I enjoy about my job is that my days can really vary.”


Guy Bigel: What led you to agenting?

GB: What does a normal workday look like for you?

GB: What’s one thing you think people should know before they get into agenting?

GB: You mentioned that you also handle foreign rights. What does that process usually look like?

GB: Are there any common issues with international versions that sometimes need to be addressed, like covers that your clients don’t feel comfortable with or weird translation choices, etc.?

GB: Regarding querying, what’s the most common mistake or issue that you see in query letters?

GB: What’s the fastest it ever took you to offer representation to a writer, and what’s the fastest it ever took you to get a client a book deal?

GB: Do you feel MFA programs prepare writers well enough for publishing, and specifically for querying?