I subscribe to Publisher's Marketplace, and if you're a writer, I'd highly recommend ponying up the very reasonable $20/mo. to get access to their daily deals information. Every day I get a list of who sold what, and I can't think of a better way to find My Ideal Agent other than finding the one who's selling books like what I've written. It also helps me keep an eye on the marketplace re what's selling in YA right now. Indispensable information.
So, what's cheery about this otherwise dry data is that the sales of books to publishers are continuing. After the dreary news from HMH earlier this week that all book acquisitions are on hold for now (seriously? Isn't that like McDonald's saying they aren't going to buy any more potatoes?), I'm encouraged by this daily reminder in my inbox that there are agents out there wheeling and dealing, getting the job done, selling books. Thank god for y'all.
Here's the other cheery news. A young, talented writer who has a faithful agent who wouldn't give up on her or her debut novel has sold her book - after two years of effort. The backstory is inspiring. She looks pretty precious on her blog, which I can say because I'm older than her, and her writing is that sort of liquid, dream-like, right-brain-swimming goodness that makes me want to pick up Carl Jung and contemplate the wonders of consciousness. I look forward to her book coming out. Congratulations!
So, this may or may not cheer you, depending on whether you're the sort of person who gains inspiration from others' successes, or who shrinks from them wondering why it wasn't you. If you're the latter, then good luck to you. Life is hard enough as it is, kiddo.