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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Being Prepared For The Call
I've scoured the internet and have put together a list of questions that you should ask an agent when they call with an offer of representation. Some of these are questions I've come up with and some are from other sources. Some sources said to ask questions such as, is this agent a member of the AAR, who are their clients, what have they sold recently. All these things can be found on the internet so you don't need to waste your call on asking them. If you haven't done your research to discover these things before submitting to the agent who has your full or partial, DO IT NOW. Without further ado, here is my list:
Do you feel my manuscript needs editing, if so what do you have in mind?
What is your approach to providing editorial input and career guidance?
How fast do you like your clients to complete edits?
Who do you plant to submit to and when?
What is your preferred method of communication?
Will you be available to answer questions and offer feedback?
Do you forward or share information about editorial responses with your clients?
Will you consult with me on any offers from editors?
Will you be open to hearing about other projects I have, or will have in the works?
This is by no means a complete list. There may be different questions you want to ask. Remember, this will be a business partnership. You want to make sure this is someone you will be able to work well with. Best of luck, I hope you all get The Call!