When debating an offer of representation, or multiple offers, it’s acceptable to ask an agent for references. The question then becomes, what questions do you have for those references.
Thank you so much for all the helpful and encouraging posts and videos. I definitely feel more prepared as I start querying. Along the lines of questions to ask: I often hear about asking an offering agent for a few client names as references. Do you have any suggestions for good questions to ask an agent’s clients? Thanks!From the blog post, Conversations to Have when Representation is Offered
Are References Necessary
Let me challenge you for a minute. If you don’t know what questions to ask, do you really feel the need to talk to references? Some authors do and some don’t. Like everything about this process, it’s personal.
If you already feel confident about the agents you’re speaking with you might not need to speak with references. If you feel overwhelmed and caught between your choices, references might help you make a decision.
Having never been in this situation myself, I don’t have a list of questions for references like I do to ask agents. I do have some thoughts. My readers might have others.
- What has been your experience overall with Agent?
- How have you felt about their communication style?
- Do they do editorial work with you?
- Have there been any concerns about this agent?
- Have you ever had a conflict and how was it handled?
- Any tips you would give someone considering signing with this agent?
If you’re debating between two (or three) agents figure out what’s pulling you in either direction and use that guide for talking with other authors.