After recently attending a conference, I sent material to several interested agents and was quickly offered representation from one of them. This awesome agent works for Big Dream Agency so I have no concerns about her or the agency’s legitimacy. We met in person at the conference and later spoke on the phone—at which time she offered the representation (yay!!) and said take some days, alert other reading agents, etc. About ten days later I accepted her offer by email, and she responded back that she was equally thrilled to be working with me—again, YAY!
Here’s my question: It’s been a few weeks now, she’s given me notes for revision, more email communication, yet I still have not seen a formal contract. I asked her after our last email exchange if there was anything I needed to sign, and she responded nope, we’re good. At what point should I expect to see a contract? When we go out on submission, after, before? I’m excited and just want to make it official—is it? Thanks!!
It IS official.
When she said "nope, we’re good" she meant just that.
You have an oral agreement.
Not all agencies offer written agency agreements.
I can think of several VERY reputable agencies that do not.
On matters like this, my practice is to send an email confirming the understanding.