by Tamela Hancock Murray
As an agent, I wear many hats and I love them all!
Worn while picking through slush pile submissions.
Worn in celebration of gem discovery in the form of your marketable manuscript.
In celebration of signing you to be a new client.
Worn as I strike through weasel words in your manuscript.
Adorned during our picnic, where I dispense tea when you need sympathy.
Saucy Red Beret with diamond ribbon broach:
My sales hat. This means I am energetically pitching your wonderful manuscript! The diamonds mean I am already successful, and you will also be successful since you’re with me!
Serious meeting hat for contract negotiations, and is always accompanied by a business suit. In black.
For those times when the we analyze your royalty statements and collect the publisher’s payments.
For tooling around town in our rented convertible, on our way to meet with editors, to keep hair from getting mussed. Accompanied by Tiffany sunglasses.
Royal Ascot Hat:
Wide-brimmed and adorned with an embarrassment of blooms, this is what we wear to celebrate your success!
What type of hats do you wear when you are writing?
By the way, Steve Laube wanted to share what hats he wears. They are pictured below. One to wear and one for backup while the third is being washed.