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GUEST POST: 10 Questions An Agent Might Ask You When You Get The Call

photo by Lynn Kelley

photo by Lynn Kelley

By Lesley Chea

  1. Tell me a bit about yourself.
  2. Why did you write this manuscript?
  3. Who are your influences?
  4. What are some of the books / films you’ve enjoyed recently?
  5. What other projects have you worked on /are working on / would like to work on in the future?
  6. Do you have a synopsis for the idea you just pitched?
  7. What books do you see next to yours in the bookstore?
  8. What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
  9. What is your revision process like?
  10. How do you see this submission being handled?

What other questions do you think an agent might ask?

41776_1775340232_8691_nLesley’s life choices revolve around storytelling in one form or other. This was evident when she was a copywriter, a contributor to a local daily and now, as a mother (“If you finish all your carrots, you can see in the dark! I swear!”). Armed with perhaps the most legitimate storytelling license of all – a law degree – Lesley writes stories from her corner in sunny Singapore while waiting for the latest seasons of Dr. Who, Once Upon A Time and The Big Bang Theory.

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GUEST POST: 10 Questions To Ask An Agent When You Get The Call

Some thoughtful questions from client Lesley Cheah, who last year asked me these very questions (+ some!) herself…imgres

  1. Do you work on a book-by-book basis or do you sign a client for the duration of their career?
  2. How editorial of an agent are you? What revision suggestions do you have for this manuscript?
  3. The manuscript you’re signing me with is a YA contemporary. What if my next manuscript is a post-apocalyptic picture book featuring killer robots?
  4. What do you think your strengths are as an agent?
  5. What are some of the titles you sold last year? Which publishers did you sell them to?
  6. What is your submission strategy for this manuscript and how much information will you share during the submission process?
  7. What is your usual response time when I have a question or when I submit new material?
  8. What are some of your standard agency terms e.g. commission, policy on termination, fees charged, etc?
  9. What happens if you leave your current agency or if you quit agenting altogether?
  10. May I contact some of your clients?

What other questions do you think should be included on the list?

Lesley’s life choices revolve around storytelling in one form or other. This was evident when she was a copywriter, a contributor to a local daily and now, as a mother (“If you finish all your carrots, you can see in the dark! I swear!”). Armed with perhaps the most legitimate storytelling license of all – a law degree – Lesley writes stories from her corner in sunny Singapore while waiting for the latest seasons of Dr. Who, Once Upon A Time and The Big Bang Theory.

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