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Title: So They Want A Phone Call...Now What?
Post by: LeahClifford on August 09, 2010, 05:22:44 PM
Agent written list of questions to ask during your first phone call!

http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/2010/08/what-to-ask-agent.html (http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/2010/08/what-to-ask-agent.html)
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Post by: Zooks on August 10, 2010, 09:07:19 AM
Thanks for posting.  Hopefully, I'll need this info very soon.  :koolaid:
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Post by: Dogandme on October 08, 2010, 03:14:44 PM
Agent written list of questions to ask during your first phone call!

http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/2010/08/what-to-ask-agent.html (http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/2010/08/what-to-ask-agent.html)

Thank you for posting that! Very helpful.
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Post by: Duff on October 29, 2010, 07:29:22 AM
Thanks for posting! Man, I hope to need this list.
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Post by: fuzzilove10 on November 01, 2010, 06:52:23 PM
Thank you for the information dogandme! I saved the site and might need to use it someday =)
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Post by: TJ Forrester on November 16, 2010, 10:21:10 PM
This is a great list, but it's missing something that's VERY important.

I've had an agent sub a manuscript six times, then give up. I have friends who've had similar experiences with even less subs. Because it is extremely difficult to secure new representation for a manuscript, publication chances for these manuscripts were exhausted.

So, it's a good idea to ask how many subs the agent plans to send out in the first flurry. Then ask if she will send out a second flurry if you don't get an offer on the first. I know an agent who subbed a novel 22 times before giving up. That's the kind of agent you want.

Don't be shy. If she's taken the time to call, you've got the goods and she's more than likely going to make a pitch to sign you. Ask the questions now, so you aren't sorry later.
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Post by: Dogandme on November 19, 2010, 11:57:20 AM
I'm in this surreal process now. I have 2 offers of representation and 4 agents with the full proposal who I've asked to respond by Wednesday (and one responded with a "getting a second read, hang on for our response"). I've talked with both offering agents and really liked both of them. Both did discuss how they'd handle submissions (10 to 12 in "tier one" followed by a tier 2 if necessary).  I'm now calling authors to check references and reviewing contracts. It's a great position to be in, I realize. But also a bit daunting! any advice is appreciated! :koolaid:
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Post by: Magic_Seeker on November 19, 2010, 01:48:24 PM
:woo:  Woot!  Congrats and karma!!!!!!!!!!!! :award:

Start your own thread in success stories, so we all can cheer you on.  I get the impression not many people look here -- we're still hoping.

:cheer:     :cheer2:     :cheer: 
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Post by: Dogandme on November 19, 2010, 01:51:26 PM
Gee, I hadn't even thought about that. Feels like bragging to call myself or my process a "success." But then again...well, that's what we're all trying for here. Over to "success" I go!
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Post by: AshK on November 24, 2010, 01:34:39 PM
If I could have known then what I know now...gah! :bash:
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Post by: Cheryl on January 07, 2011, 10:36:15 PM
So, I have what may seem like a silly (read: self-doubting) question.

Do agents ever ask to set up a call without the intent of making an offer of representation? Would an agent call for an R&R?  :huh:
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Post by: MaryL on January 08, 2011, 02:32:13 PM
Yes. They do call for R&R. 
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Post by: Dogandme on January 08, 2011, 03:25:29 PM
I actually got a phone call rejection. Highly unusual but he had good reasons for making the call personally and he was very, very kind about it. Still though I would think the vast majority of calls are offers, followed next by R & R and then...way done the list, the phone call rejection. (Or maybe that's just my dumb luck!).
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Post by: Cheryl on January 08, 2011, 04:08:27 PM
Oooo... Thanks for the replies! Karma to you both! I will now commence worrying and sweating until Monday morning...

*fingers crossed it's not a rejection*
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Post by: Cheryl on January 29, 2011, 06:26:26 PM
I really cannot believe I didn't come back and share my news... Granted, I was a little scattered, but still, you'd think I'd remember to come back!

Anyway, I got THE phone call Monday morning, and long story short, am now happily represented by Brianne Mulligan at Movable Type!

*happy dance*
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Post by: Zooks on January 29, 2011, 08:55:35 PM
What wonderful news for you, Cheryl.   :clap: :clap: :clap:  You must be so happy and excited!  karma to you and your happy dance. :koolaid:
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Post by: lexcade on February 01, 2011, 11:47:06 AM
Cheryl! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *Tosses confetti*
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Post by: MaryL on February 01, 2011, 12:10:01 PM
Great news! Congrats, Cheryl!   :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: rivergirl on February 02, 2011, 02:29:58 PM
When an agent calls for r&r, what is that? 
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Post by: Magic_Seeker on February 02, 2011, 02:43:34 PM
:woo:  Revise and Resubmit!  I'd love to get one of those! 

Of course, I'd need some idea of what they want me to revise.  :faint:
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Post by: AmandaRoseAdams on February 11, 2011, 11:36:20 AM
!.  :clap: Congratulations!!!!!!!

2. What's an R&R?

3. I have a call (I think it was requested but not confirmed) with an agent on Sunday and I like this link - thanks!!!

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Post by: Magic_Seeker on February 11, 2011, 03:52:58 PM
R&R means Revise and Resubmit.  It's a sign that the agent is interested in your work, but feels it isn't quite "there" yet.  (I'd love to get an R&R request. :faint: )

:woot: Congrats on getting a call!  I hope it goes well.  Please keep us posted.
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Post by: iBel29 on October 15, 2011, 11:53:18 AM
wow thanks for the post, this could come handy one day, hopefully soon. and congrats hey for the call. Okay so what are the conditions if someone lives in Africa? Do agents just pass it because phone costs or distance from them? I am quite unsure about this.
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Post by: Nani123 on November 08, 2011, 02:44:01 PM
Nice list! I hope to be able to need this information one day. If an agent ever offers to set up a call, I'll probably be so flustered I'll forget all about it though.
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Post by: CSMward on November 18, 2011, 03:19:19 PM
OMG, congrats!
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Post by: koevoet on January 29, 2012, 02:23:07 PM
Congratulations, Cheryl!  Keep us posted on what happens next!  :cheer:
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Post by: brmyers on May 06, 2012, 09:20:53 AM
Cheryl!!!!

Wow! I've heard really great things about Brianne. Congratulations!
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Post by: Michelle on December 23, 2012, 11:16:31 PM
Just wanted to say this is an awesome link! Thanks :)
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Post by: B on December 28, 2012, 02:36:01 PM
I know there are several links to questions for the call - I liked the one from Literary Rambles, as well: http://www.literaryrambles.com/2010/02/call-or-what-to-ask-literary-agent-when.html.

I'm prepping a list of things to tell the agent, as well. I feel like maybe I read about it somewhere? What questions we should be prepared to answer (where have you subbed your work if you've sent it to a publisher, how many completed works do you have, etc)...

Does anyone know of articles or posts about this?
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Post by: chrislee on January 17, 2013, 04:53:00 AM
I had my first call today: a very kind, regretful rejection. She said it's very rare for her to read all the way to the end of a ms and not offer representation and she'd been turning the question of whether to go ahead or not over in her head since she finished reading. Ah well, hopefully this means I'm getting closer...

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Post by: Midwest on January 17, 2013, 10:53:23 AM
Aw, sorry. Disappointing to be fired up for a call and hear that.  :(

But you're right to look on the bright side. It's huge praise that an agent read all the way through, and thought enough of the ms and you to call you about it.  :up:

It sure does seem you're very close!!  :yes:
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Post by: chrislee on January 18, 2013, 03:15:18 AM
Thanks, Midwest! Here's hoping the next one is better news - in the meantime, a little feedback is always welcome. Best wishes.
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Post by: lrwright09 on February 27, 2014, 03:45:35 PM
So... an agent called me yesterday and left a message. I didn't receive the message until late in the day when I returned the call.  I ended up leaving a message for him later in the day and let him know that I'd call again in the morning since it was after normal business hours.  I did call this morning and got the voicemail.  Now it's all I can do to stop biting my nails waiting on him to return my call.  I'm trying not to read anything into the call because I've heard all the stories about calls with rejections, but I'm cautiously optimistic. 
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Post by: Sarah Ahiers (Falen) on February 27, 2014, 03:48:41 PM
i think cautiously optimistic is the way to go!

Either way, it's a good sign. Even if it's just a rejection, or an R&R, the fact that they want to talk means that they like it enough to get you on the phone
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Post by: lrwright09 on February 27, 2014, 04:06:23 PM
I hope so Falen.  If I don't talk to him soon, I won't have any fingernails. LOL
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Post by: slightlysmall on February 27, 2014, 04:19:35 PM
Eh. Fingernails are overrated.

But seriously, best of luck to you!
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Post by: lrwright09 on February 27, 2014, 04:37:27 PM
LOL... One finger at a time. Thanks Slightlysmall!
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Post by: ImwithCoCo on February 27, 2014, 06:29:15 PM
good luck!! My phone chat with an agent led to an R&R which led to an offer, so it's always a good sign no matter what! Agents are busy people--making time for a phone call is a good sign no matter what.  :)
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Post by: lrwright09 on February 27, 2014, 06:34:10 PM
Congrats on your offer!  I'm definitely okay with an R&R.  I would be ecstatic.
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Post by: AlythiaB on March 03, 2015, 11:44:28 AM
Let's pretend you plan to write anywhere from 1-15 novels (hypothetically) per year. Is it acceptable to ask the agent if they have the bandwidth in their work schedule to sell that many? I've wondered about this with agents who have a long list of authors. Do you have to wait in line for their other clients to go on sub?
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Post by: Sarah Ahiers (Falen) on March 03, 2015, 01:28:55 PM
It's something you would discuss with any agent who offers.

My agent specifically asked me if i had anything else that was ready to go right now, because she had once signed someone who then told her she wanted her to sell all her books right away
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Post by: AlythiaB on March 03, 2015, 01:34:20 PM
It's something you would discuss with any agent who offers.

My agent specifically asked me if i had anything else that was ready to go right now, because she had once signed someone who then told her she wanted her to sell all her books right away

Oops! Probably not the best way to tell her!

 Kay, I wasn't sure if this was a faux pas or something. I once heard an agent say not to ask how many clients an agent has...
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Post by: Sarah Ahiers (Falen) on March 03, 2015, 02:29:38 PM
I asked. Some of them gave me specific numbers, most of them didn't but just made sure that i knew they they had room for me on their list. I mean, the actual # doesn't mean much. And agent could have 100 clients, which seems like a lot, but maybe only 25 of those are putting out any material with regularity, you know?
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Post by: AlythiaB on March 03, 2015, 03:27:35 PM
I asked. Some of them gave me specific numbers, most of them didn't but just made sure that i knew they they had room for me on their list. I mean, the actual # doesn't mean much. And agent could have 100 clients, which seems like a lot, but maybe only 25 of those are putting out any material with regularity, you know?

Totally agree. Makes sense!
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Post by: atwhatcost on November 14, 2017, 08:53:03 AM
Agent written list of questions to ask during your first phone call!

http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/2010/08/what-to-ask-agent.html (http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/2010/08/what-to-ask-agent.html)
Sadly, the link doesn't include that post anymore.
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Post by: trekkie on November 18, 2020, 11:48:33 AM
Here's the new link : https://rachellegardner.com/what-to-ask-an-agent/
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Post by: rivergirl on November 18, 2020, 06:06:59 PM
That's amazing! So jealous! I hope he's a great fit!
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Post by: butterbean on October 24, 2022, 11:47:14 AM
 I have just received an email from a dream agent that she wants a phone call. I'm so nervous it will be a R & R instead of an offer. She read the book very fast and she did not mention any reservations in the email. I've had R & R's before--on an earlier draft--and they've all been via email. Anyway, I'm freaking out and just wanted to share.
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Post by: jcwrites on October 24, 2022, 03:40:39 PM
Just be yourself.
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Post by: novelist103 on October 28, 2022, 12:32:59 PM
Yay for you! I hope you get to post good news soon!