In my first post about an agent calling I was rewarded with more information. Sometimes instead of a phone call, an email is sent asking for a phone appointment. I had to agree this an excellent use of time management.
Before committing, make sure you allow enough time to refresh your memory about why you submitted and make sure what you thought is still true.
This is not out of order. Webpages get updated, and wish lists change. What could sell six months ago might be hard to give away. And lastly, all agents research a possible client before reaching out, so they must see something in you.
It saves time and energy to be prepared.
I suggest you follow their example. Check their website, blog and any posted interviews. Look for recent sales, client list, publishers they query, professional associations, and their latest #mswl Manuscript Wish List. Try not to waste valuable phone time asking questions that have been asked + answered. Use them to pique other questions specific to your needs.
Once you’ve found the basics here are some other topics to consider:
• Plans for your book
• Possible markets
• Recent sales in your genre
• References (clients and publishers)
• Is the book ready or are you facing more revisions
• Are they involved in the promotion of your work
• Why do they want to represent you or your book?
• The contract and its highlights
• Business hours and preferred communication methods
There are hundreds of questions to ask someone you don’t know, so I’ve probably missed a few :-). I suggest keeping the questions open ended, and professional. What questions would you ask?