What should I ask an agent?
September 21, 2012 | Written by Chip MacGregor
I’ve had several people write to say, “I don’t know what to ask an agent when I meet one. What should I say?”
I’ve answered this question a few times on this blog, so let me replay some thoughts…
-How long have you been doing this?
-How many contracts have you negotiated for authors?
-Who do you represent?
-May I check your references? Are you okay with me asking your authors about you?
-What publishing houses have you worked with in the past year?
-Which editorial personnel have you done deals with?
-How many deal have you done in the past year?
-What sort of authors and projects do you represent?
-What do you like to read?
-Can you give me a book title you sold that you loved?
-Can you give me a book idea you sold that you loved?
-How would you define success for an author?
-What would you say are your best skills?
-What’s unique about your agency?
-What percentage do you earn on a book deal?
-Are there any hidden fees or charges? Any up-front costs?
-Do you charge back all your expenses?
-Have you ever worked in publishing or done any editing or writing?
-How do you approach career planning?
-Do you work by yourself?
-Are you full time?
-Can you help me do my e-books?
-Can you share any success stories with me?
-What do you do best?
-What do you expect from your authors?
That should at least get you started…