Before I went to the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference this year (my second), I prayed for favor with all the people with whom I would connect.
Ephesians 3:20-21 (NKJV) says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
Wow, did He ever exceed ALL my requests. I sat in many appointments pulling my fist back under the table thinking, “Yes!” I walked to one workshop looking up and repeating, “Thank You, thank You, thank You!” No one would think it was weird; lots of others did it, too!
A number of years ago, I attended Jerry B. Jenkins’ Writing for the Soul Conference in Colorado Springs. I wasn’t ready, but God was prepared to show me who my future agency would be. A Hartline agent was there, and that agency has drawn me ever since (no wonder Bob Hostetler turned us down; he must have known the fit was not ordained .
On June 4, shortly after getting home from the conference, I met with Tessa Hall via phone (she’s affiliated with Cyle Young of the Hartline Literary Agency). That’s the day I learned that Hartline would be my agency. That’s more than what my friend Tampa calls a God-wink; that was a full hug!
My first call was to Marshall to set up a time to meet; I wasn’t going to sign the contract without having “my brother” there to witness it. He was praying for the meeting with his wife, Katika.
“Guess what? We have an agent!”
Marshall was overjoyed and we thanked God together. Then he asked, “What’s next? What exactly does an agent do?”
What’s next is I am editing the proposal so it is in the best shape it can be for submission to publishers. I am happy to have Tessa guide me through this.
The picture was taken that day. God is directing this; He is the One who made all of this happen.
In an upcoming post, I’ll explain more how this process works (it’s got more twists and turns than a roller-coaster, but boy, how exhiliarating).
Please pray for clarity and wisdom as I edit the proposal. Thank you, friends.