Posted by: anitanolan | February 19, 2011

What if You Get Interest from an Agent?

If you’ve attracted the interest of an agent, you should prepare a list of questions, because if/when they call, everything you’ve thought about will fly right out of your mind. So list your questions, and have a pen and paper handy to take notes.

If the agent’s call takes you by surprise, thank them for their interest, and ask if there’s a time you can call them back. Give yourself some time to research the agent further (you might have some questions specific to their agency) and write down the questions.

When you call the agent:

Make sure you ask anything important to you that doesn’t come up in conversation.

This conversation is the chance to see if you “get along.” Be professional and friendly. It’s a good idea, if you can, to make the effort to meet the agent in person. For those who live near New York, you might try to set up a lunch.

Understand that an agent/client relationship is sort of like a marriage before you’ve had much chance to date. There’s plenty of excitement at first, but as time goes on, sometimes things get strained or you’re disappointed with your agent “spouse’s” behavior. They might not be doing anything wrong, they just might not be doing things you expect an agent to do.

For instance, if you are looking for an editorial agent and you sign with an agent who sees their job as a sales position as opposed to working with you on your manuscript, you probably won’t be happy with the “match” you’ve made.

It’s important to make sure you and your agent are a good fit before you “get married,” because, especially after you’ve “had children” (sold manuscript) “divorcing” your agent gets a lot more complicated.

Tomorrow: Things to Ask When “Dating” an Agent



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