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    Meeting with agent - what to expect?

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    I have a meeting with an agent. She's read my book and says she really likes it, and a couple of her colleagues who are more the target market love it too.

    The agency is a biggish player and they've got some really fab, prestigious clients, some in my genre, so on the face of it I'm absolutely over the moon with them. She seems really nice on the phone, responded quickly to to my pitch etc.

    So I'm seeing her next week. What's going to happen? I'm hoping she's going to offer to represent me, but I suppose she might also want me to R&R? If she offers rep do I sign there and then or think about it for a bit?

    I am so excited I've lost the power of rational thought.

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    I'm so excited for you! Well done!


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    Sophie, how exciting

    Here are my thoughts. This is clearly an offer to get to know you more and see if you click in person. I'd go in with a list of questions for the agent about how she/he works with their clients, what they are thinking for your book (maybe editors they'd be interested in submitting to, what comp titles they think of for your book etc) and also you can totally ask what the meeting will possibly lead to - is this an R&R or offer??

    If it is an offer, I'd take the contract home and really read it and understand all of the lingo. I'm not saying it won't be straight forward but there sometimes may be little clauses you might not catch the first read esp when you're super excited to sign away

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    Congratulations! The agent's obviously got a serious interest in you. Do you have full manuscripts out to other agents? If you do, I'd look into the protocol with that. If this agent gives you an offer, everyone will expect you to give the other agents a chance to make an offer as well.
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    Smiley has it correct, I think.
    This agent wants to find out if they can work with you. So be prepared to discuss what other books/ideas you have. Be realistic about your writing career prospects (do not declare that you'll quit your job the instant she gets you a deal!) and be flexible about possible rewrites. The agent wants to know that you're not going to be a nightmare to edit and a total diva about deadlines.
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    Sophie,

    Congratulations!
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    How exciting! Yippie!!

    I think Smiley is right on. They love the book, and want to make sure all the personalities match. That's amazingly encouraging! Definitely go in with written questions, because chances are you'll be flustered. We all would be (they'll expect that, though, so don't let it freak you out). The questions will help you focus, and show them that you've got some business smarts re. publishing. And if they do ask for an R&R, they're still very serious. Agents don't call in potential clients for a meet and greet lightly.

    Most of all--go in feeling like you belong there! Big name authors are people, too. Don't be intimidated that they rep a few. Just be excited for the opportunity, know you worked hard to get to this stage, and be confident in your writing.
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    Thank you all so much. I do actually have full with another agent, who's had it for six months - funnily enough I sent her a nudge today, and she hasn't responded, so I will wait on her reply but let her know if I receive an offer - that's fair enough, isn't it?

    I don't have a job anyway so that's not an issue. Will definitely take in a list of questions.

    You are all really kind, thanks again.

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    Congratulations.....really. I am excited for you. Threshold moment.

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    Great stuff, I hope it goes well, let us know.

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    Sat Nam! (Literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

    Best of luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SophieM2401 View Post
    I don't have a job anyway
    Hey, look at the bright side: soon you can call yourself a full-time author!
    Good luck!!! Everything will work out fine

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    Big congrats, and wishes for success. Methinks you'll do fine, unless maybe you're a clone of Charles Manson. This is a step most of us here will never have, or even have a good chance at. I live so far from any agents that the idea of actually getting invited to a meeting with one is incomprehensible. I might as well be living on Neptune.

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    How exciting!! Congratulations! Let us know how it goes.
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    Congratulations. And definitely let us know how it goes.

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    Question: Is this a common thing??

    I thought there was just "the call" and then after you're repped there's a meeting or whatever.

    But before you're offered rep?! I'd be so terrified.

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    idontknowwhatimdoing - nor do I! And yes, I'm bricking it. I'm in the UK - maybe meetings with agents are more the done thing here?

    Anyway, thanks again for the comments and good wishes, and on a far more important note, WTVF am I going to wear?

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    What to wear? You're going to a business meeting; the agent is hoping to meet a professional writer they can have a long-term business relationship with. Business casual sounds like the order of the day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SophieM2401 View Post
    I'm in the UK - maybe meetings with agents are more the done thing here?
    Oh, that could explain it. I'm such a social freak that even talking on the phone gives me anxiety!

    I wish you all the best luck (and strong nerves!)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by waylander View Post
    What to wear? You're going to a business meeting; the agent is hoping to meet a professional writer they can have a long-term business relationship with. Business casual sounds like the order of the day.
    Oh lordy. I have casual, and I have fashun. I don't have business. What is business casual what it's at home anyway? <panics> Thank you

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    Congratulations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SophieM2401 View Post
    Oh lordy. I have casual, and I have fashun. I don't have business. What is business casual what it's at home anyway? <panics> Thank you
    Go with the casual, something not too threadbare that you're comfy in. Don't get too freaked - it'll all be fine. They won't turn you down because you're wearing jeans and sweater It's the output of your mind they're after.

    By the way, I went to a Margaret Atwood reading years ago, and she was wearing a track suit.

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    Ditto'ing Bushrat. Formal business isn't needed. Just think of what you'd wear to a writers conference. Or a book signing, once you land said agent and get a book deal. Comfy, casual, but not something you'd paint the house in. That's businesswear for writers, right?
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    I'd second the nicely put together, but casual look. A nice pair of jeans, a dressy top, and a jacket/cardigan for over top, plus accessories to pull you nicely together.

    Wear something you feel good, confident, and comfortable in.
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