Here’s a great problem to have! You’ve poured your soul into your manuscript and you’ve stayed up nights working on the perfect query package. Now, an agent has bit and offers you representation. What do you do now? Here’s some of the industry-standard advice you MUST consider.
Glorious Heaven, light is shining around you and music is playing in the air and angels are dancing and it’s the most beautiful moment because AN AGENT WANTS YOU.
But now what? Do you just say yes and hope they’re the best fit for you? Maybe you better ask them some questions first. While I’m sure you’ve done your homework about agents and submitted to ones you already would feel relatively comfortable with, there’s only so much research you can do without actually talking to the agent him/herself. It’s also good to know if you two will be a good fit for each other.
All right. You’ve got them on the phone, they’re interested, so what do you ask?
Here are suggestions: (Pro tip: Don’t ask all of these. Find the ones you like or the ones you need and ask those. You don’t want to overwhelm them or yourself.)
About your project
- What does the agent like best about your project?
- Does the agent feel that the project is ready for submission to publishers, or will she require revisions before submission? Are they small tweaks, or does she want a major plot or character development change?
- Which publishing houses does the agent believe would be a good fit for your book?
- How many editors does she plan to pitch in the first round of submissions?
- Will the agent consult with you on all offers from publishers? Does the agent make any decisions on your behalf?
- Does the agent forward rejection letters to you?
Nicole Wilson spends her days planning for disasters and her nights writing about them. She lives in a small apartment with her husband and two cats, all who contribute to her writing endeavors. Nicole has written many books and short stories and is at work on more. Three of the short stories have been published online, which you can find on her website at www.nicolewilsonauthor.com.