Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Blog in Brief: Questions for THE CALL

Inspiring Me Today: Suzie Townsend, Maria Gomez, and WriteOnCon

Ok, so last night was WriteOnCon's monthly chat. I was reading through the transcript, which is simultaneously hilarious and informative. Lots of great nuggets of info, but this bit from agent Suzie Townsend was gold. If any of you are lucky enough to get "the call," here are some good questions to ask the agent before agreeing to representation.

I don't know if there's one single most important question. So here are a few:
  1. Does the agent want to rep you for just this one project or are they intersted in your other ideas and your career as a whole?
  2. What happens if this project doesn't sell? Do they shop your next project or let you go?
  3. Who handles their subrights and books to film?
  4. What happens if (god forbid) something happens to your agent (they get sick, stop agenting, win the lotto)? Who handles your stuff then?
  5. How communicative is the agent? How much do they share with the writer? How do they prefer to communicate (via email or phone?)
  6. How editorial is the agent?
That's all I can think of right now, but those are important.

So yeah, that's awesomeness, and I thought it needed to be posted somewhere people could find it.
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