by Tamela Hancock Murray
We’ve all heard of high maintenance authors. They whine unnecessarily about covers, edits, and deadlines, make impossible demands, and otherwise exhibit other diva-ish behavior.
But what about your agent? You want a partner who will work with you but not interfere. Someone who will encourage you but not be so intrusive that you get nervous. An experienced friend who will give you tips on how to create a more effective story but not insist her ideas or better or — Horrors! — try to rewrite your book.
I always talk to my authors about the level of back and forth they want and need and I tailor my efforts accordingly. I’m not perfect, but I do my best to achieve effective communication with each author. Everyone understands that the number of phone calls and emails will ebb and flow according to where we are in the publishing process.
Each author is special and every agent has a different style, so there is no right or wrong way to communicate — except not to communicate at all.
How often do you want to hear from your agent?
Do you want your agent to call or email only when there is real news, or to check in to say hello once in awhile?
Do you want to know about every rejection, or do you just want to know good news?