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Jun 27, 2023Liked by Kate McKean

This is so timely--I was offered representation last night! I was wondering how often your clients ask to see the agency agreement before accepting your offer. Is it standard to do so?

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Fantastic. And congrats on the semi-regular gig there? At first I thought you were β€œKate” the cover girl! πŸ˜‚ maybe next time!

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So helpful!! Now, to get that agent...

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Your insight on agents and the whole publishing process is legendary. Thank you so much for sharing it!

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Thanks for this well-written article, Kate!

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UK domestic commission is also typically 15%. Never seen 10% listed by an agency. This has been the case for 15+ years. See https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/advice/what-ask-your-new-agent

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Thank you for reposting this!!! I really appreciate it : )

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Excellent article. Thank you!

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Thank you for this insightful post. I'm still at the early stages of my poetry career, but I look forward to using your advice to get an agent!

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I'm curious, if an agent leaves the business altogether, do their commissions revert to the agency? Or do they keep them personally? I suppose if they're self-employed, maybe they keep them? I'm thinking of well-known agents who have left the business but previously repped big-name authors. Do they still get a paycheck!?

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Thank you, this is so helpful! I got my first offer of representation last week and read this to help me prepare a list of questions for a follow-up call.

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Thank you for this post. Having never had a contract with my previous agent, I'm usually at a loss when my students email me asking about their agent contracts. Usually I've said something like, 'Congrats but I'm not a lawyer but I hope you find good advice and good luck?' Now I'll bookmark this post and share it. And I'll continue to share your great Substack.

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