So Week One of the "Gearing Up To Get An Agent" blogfest is I just had to ask, wherein participants ask the publication-related questions and readers answer them.
Here's my problem: I'm no good at asking questions.
Seriously, I am that interviewer whose only trick when asked, "So, do you have any questions for us?" is to make my smile THAT MUCH BIGGER and hope no one notices I didn't say anything. And a sweet, sweet three job offers later (out of 48 interviews), clearly my strategy is working.*
I really just don't have any questions when asked, "Is there anything I can answer for you?"
So instead I'm going to turn it around on you, friends, countrymen, and fellow bloggy peeps: What would you ask?
If you had five minutes with a literary agent or editor at a publishing company, what would you want to know?
* AHEM. For reals. So here's my law school/lawyer tangent of the day - in law school, second year students (called 2Ls) participate in what is called "on campus interviewing," or OCIs. (We abbreviate a lot. It saves space, and that's necessary when you use words like "herein" and "wherewithal" conversationally.)
My dad's lawyer buddy advised me to APPLY FOR EVERYTHING and so I did, and because I had relatively good grades and a nice resume, I got an unbelievable amount of interviews. I was literally embarrassed about it and spent more time the fall of my 2L year in interviews than I did in class.
But because I am a terrible, terrible interviewer (no, seriously, accidental flashing terrible) this led to exactly two job offers. That, combined with the offer I got to work at my current job, brings my post-law school success rate up to ... let's not even do that math.