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Agents are feeling the burnout too – Tuesday May 17, 2022

Recent reporting on ’industry-wide burnout’ focused on editors, but agents are struggling with equally unsustainable pressures.

When I first started operating as an agent, I remember complaining to a colleague about my lack of work. I sat on their couch, voicing my panic because I had zero list, no emails, no clients and no meetings. I said to them, how anxious it made me to have so much free time when I was building my list and how much I hated not being ferociously busy. And they gave me a pitying look and said gently, that there would come a day very soon when I would regret every single word I had just said.

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