Thursday, September 10, 2015

Making "The Call" -- An Agent's Perspective

When an author gets that ever elusive, super exciting "call" from an agent, they will often talk about it with their friends, family, fellow writers. They'll blog about it, Tweet it, share it on Facebook. And they should. It's a huge deal! But, ever wonder how an agent reacts to making that call? Well, get comfy because you're about to find out...

Two weeks ago, I made two phone calls to potential clients. Both of whom are now signed with me  :) WOO HOO! If y'all haven't taken the time to check out Kelly Comarda and Winter Austin yet, go do it now. Trust me, you won't regret it. Anyway, back to "the call."

Long before the scheduled call, I prepared. I had some chats with a few of the Senior Agents on how to conduct the call, what to expect, and things to keep in mind while making my final decision whether or not to officially offer representation. Then, I took notes on what I liked about their book, what I felt could be improved, questions I wanted to ask them, and I even had talking points -- just in case things started off slow and neither of us had anything interesting to say -- because I'm kind of a dork.

Truth be told, I was a nervous wreck! My stomach was in knots, I couldn't sit still, worst case scenarios were running through my mind. Like, what if I say something stupid? What if they don't like me? What if I don't like them? What if they ask a question and I don't know the answer? What if they simply don't answer my call? And to make my nerves even worse, I had a Senior Agent listening in on the calls and assisting when needed. I'm sure that made the authors nervous, too, because let's face it -- talking with one agent can be scary enough. But two? Talk about pressure! Obviously things went very well. I mean, I signed two new authors!!!

You're probably wondering what the point of this was... Well, basically, it was to let all you querying authors know that it's just as exciting and nerve wracking for agents as it is for you. So, when your time comes for that call, just remember: We often have the same concerns and worries, and we often prepare just as frantically as you do.

Or, maybe I'm just neurotic ;-)