Here's the last part of Rachel's post! I hope you all find it helpful. You can find Rachel at her website, blog or at My Book Therapy.
Here she is:
Already have an agent?
1. Pray. Seriously, pray for your agent, the agency and the other clients.
2. Ask for a call once in awhile to keep communication open. If you’re not working on a project, or needing help, schedule a short call just to touch base. But make it brief.
3. When going into a contract negotiations, schedule a call with your agent to set expectations. Talk through all the possible ramifications of your deal. Ask for a marketing plan as part of the contract.
4. Ask for advice on marketing and promotions outside the publishers plan.
5. Ask your agent to be in the loop with your publisher on book covers, promotional plans, editorial ideas and issues.
6. If there are issues you believe your agent should’ve handled and did not, schedule a call. Don’t fester over it. And pray! Have an honest talk about your needs and expectations. Listen to your agent’s response. Sometimes expectations are not clear. Make sure they are.
Finding an agent is fun and interesting, frustrating and hard. But hang in there. It’s better to have no agent than a bad agent, or one who is wrong for you.
If you have an agent, be professional, pray for him or her, keep communication lines open.
Thank you so much Rachel! I really appreciate your advice.
Have any of you ever thought about praying for your agent? Do you find the agent search fun or grueling?