I’ve talked about the query process in the past, but today I wanted to take it a step further, to the point at which an agent feels ready to reach out and offer representation—something that typically happens over the phone. This potentially nerve-wracking phone call is a huge step; lest we forget: when an author signs with an agent, he or she should be the person the author feels most comfortable with, both personally and professionally. So this week I wanted to address how to approach this phone call, and in particular the kinds of things one should consider asking when speaking with an agent.
For the most part, it really is personal. What are you really looking for in an agent? What is your vision for your work? And so on. But there are also certain questions that I think are important when talking to an agent.
– How does the submission process work?
– Do you want to represent just this book or my other work(s)?
– What are your commission rates?
– Do you have an agent/client agreement I could review?
At the end of the day, it will really come down to what is most important to the individual person and how personalities mesh, but when an author gets the chance to discuss representation with an agent, preparation is key.
Can you think of other questions you would ask a potential agent?