Some of you (specifically T. Anne *grin*) were wondering about the call.
Well, it came as a surprise and was different than I expected. I had some fulls out but Les only had a proposal. I'd sent a status-check e-mail and he asked me a few questions about the story. Next thing I knew, he sent another e-mail offering representation.
So it wasn't a phone call, but that was fine with me.
I was nervous and excited. I had to keep rereading that e-mail to see if it said what I thought it did.
After that, I contacted the list of agents who had my full. There's a certain process to follow in this type of situation and I wanted to make sure I did it right. The BookEnds blog and Rachelle Gardner's blog both have archived posts on how to handle an offer of representation. For my checklist, I used a post on Nathan Bransford's site. HERE
The stats on responses were kind of interesting. Out of four agents who'd recently requested the full, one immediately declined representation, another never responded, and the remaining two said they'd read it over the weekend. Of those two, one got it read and also offered representation.
That made me even more nervous!
This is why it's really important to know what your priorities are when selecting an agent. It's also important not to be afraid to ask questions, especially if you can't find the answers online.
In the end, after praying and worrying and pestering my writer friends :-), I felt like I should go with industry veteran, Les Stobbe.
Does he meet all my secret hopes for an agent? Like a marriage, no. But I really love his strengths and I don't mind his weaknesses. I had to figure out my priorities and what would matter to me.
So I e-mailed him back and accepted his wonderful offer. :-)
I think with this whole process it's important to show thankfulness, to be polite and considerate of those agents involved.
What are your priorities when it comes to an agent? If two offered you representation, how would you choose?