Ha! Not mine! (But I sure know how to catch an eyeball, don’t I?)
Here’s a great question from Facebook page for writers. See if you can guess my answer.
Question:. Four agents have my book proposal. A fifth agent responded immediately with interest in offering representation. I’m going to the city next week to meet with her. However, I don’t know if she’s the “one.” I’d love to have options, of course. But I don’t know the best way to determine if those options exist..
Answer 1: At the meeting in the city, be totally honest with the agent offering representation and ask her advice. Follow it to the letter, even before she signs your book.
Answer 2: Right now, right this minute, call the four agents who haven’t gotten back to you and tell them to fuck off, you have representation.
Answer 3: For six years, I ran a monthly reading series that featured literary agents. All of them admitted that their deepest fear was that they would miss a great opportunity.
I would call the other four agents, Politely tell them that you will be in the city to meet with an agent who is offering representation. Also, in addition to the agent with the offer and themselves (the agent on the phone), three other agents have the manuscript.
Under no circumstances should you reveal names; not of the agent you will be meeting, not of the other agents interested. If the agent you are calling asks who is your first choice, say, “Well, this one agent offered me representation, but aside from that, I like you.”
Now any of the agents, might say, “I think you should go with that agent offering representation.” Which probably means she already decided, “No” and hadn’t gotten back to you. Or she might ask for a day or two to finish reading your ms. and get back to you – which is reasonable. At which point, you might hear a “No.” Or, you might hear a yes! At which point, you really are in the driver’s seat, ain’t ya?
For the trip to Hawaii: did Alle write A, B, or C?