Wednesday, February 13, 2008
The Journey Progresses!!
God is faithful.
God is good.
God is never too early or too late.
God is always on time!
I've been in the search for an agent ever since the agent who had been representing me decided she needed to close shop. It's been a long couple of years, but God, of course, is always right on time.
These days, outside of making contacts with editors at writing conferences, a novelist needs an agent to get her foot in the door of publishers. Over a year ago, I attended the ACFW conference with one agenda item: To connect with as many agents as possible in the hopes of finding a good fit. One by one, God seemed to close doors of opportunity. First, the agent I had an appointment with couldn't make the conference at the last minute due to an accident. By that time all the appointment slots were filled so I approached several in the hopes of snagging some time. Each time, those doors seemed to shut . Then God spoke to me during prayer and laid it on my heart that this was not the time to seek an agent. Of course, God was right. I had no manuscript ready to sell.
Fast forward to today after a year of fits and starts. God has led me to the person I know He has chosen to represent me. So many things so quickly fell into place since I was offered representation, that I know this is from God. I just signed the contract and got it in the mail on Monday. I am excited and relieved to have a good agent to present the manuscript to the editor who requested it at last September's ACFW conference, and I don't have to do it myself.
Having an agent isn't a guarantee that the work will be sold, but it sure does help in getting me to that point should God will it to happen.
Jeremiah 29:11 says that His thoughts are always toward me and that He has a plan for me. He doesn't intend harm, but only wants success. It is He who gets the glory, not me, should the manuscript sell. After all, He's the one that laid the desire in my heart to write and gave me the ability!