I've just gotten an offer of representation. Now normally in this situation, you're supposed to ask questions like 'what have you sold'. This agency, however, is brand new. They used to be a very small e-publishing company, but are now switching over (their website says it's because they want to work more closely with authors, though I suspect the publishing thing just went under). What sort of questions should I ask to make sure that they'll be able to shop my novel effectively?
You could still ask what they've sold, just expect a shorter list. Ask how many clients they have. Ask whatever you'd ask any ol' agent. There are tons of agents out there who can shop your novel effectively--and still not be able to sell it--myself included, even with my 157 years experience. That's just how the manuscript crumbles. If this is the only offer for representation you get, then maybe give them a shot. Trust your instincts. If you have two or more offers, ask the same questions and make a decision. Just because an agency is new, doesn't mean they're clueless. Maybe AgentC is feeling generous today.