I view agenting as a job that will require me to keep learning throughout my life. Whether it's figuring out new revenue sources (Google, I'm looking at you), or becoming more specialized in the history of the genres I represent, I've still got tons of stuff to learn.
To that aim, I've decided that I want to know even more about the romance genre than I do already. When I worked with Paige Wheeler, I had access to her great collection of Romantic Times and the Romance Writers Report from RWA. It let me keep current with what was being bought in the romance field, but more importantly, it let me keep abreast of what romance writers were currently reading and talking about. Industry information is so important, regardless of whether it's aimed at editors, agents, booksellers, or authors.
Fast-forward several years... and I no longer have subscriptions to those great periodicals... except now I do, again. =) Romantic Times will be winging its way to me shortly, and I'm about to mail off my very own application for RWA. I feel like I've come full-circle, since I was a baby agent.
To that aim, I'm curious to see what new romance novels you recommend that I pick up. What are you reading and LOVING right now? I can (and do) stalk people buying books in bookstores, but I'd love to hear what my blog readers are into at the moment. Drop me a line in the comments of this post!