He (Christ) is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy. Colossians 1:17-18
Root word: -agent
New word: un-agented.
When attending a professional conference, the goal is typically three-fold:
1) to gain and sharpen new skills, staying abreast of latest info in that particular field of study
2) to make new connections, strengthen existing ones
3) to schedule appointments with leaders in the industry
For writers like me, those appointments (goal 3) would be with editors, agents and publishing house reps and are typically limited to 15 minutes. That’s the amount of time allotted to pitch my idea, sell my story, make a good first impression.
Not too long ago, I had an appointment with an acquisitions editor for a particular publishing house. As I sat in a chair opposite the table from her, she took a moment to glance at my One Sheet (a slick and succinct summary of a writer’s completed manuscript along with bio). Then she asked, “Who’s your agent?”
Truth lodged in my throat. I coughed it up.
“I don’t have one.”
Over the rim of her glasses, her eye flitted from the paper, landed back on me as she donned a plastic smile.
“At (XYZ Publishing House), we don’t accept un-agented authors.”
And back in my hand went the One Sheet.
In that moment, that eternally long nano-second, I’d translated her stinging words to mean I didn’t have what it takes. Truth was, according to her standards, I didn’t. I could have written the next New York Times best seller, but without an agent, I’d fallen short.
But wait. God’s word tells me something different about who I am and who He is. Click To Tweet For starters, He’s the one and only supreme Author and perfector of my faith (Hebrews 12:2) and requires no agent. (Who could qualify?) As a chosen child of His, He does expect me to represent Him to others by the way I conduct myself, both in public and in private, but being the Author, He needs no agent.
Image God’s One Sheet… It tells the story of the world, that which was, that which is and that which is still being written. Rich characters, plot twists, tension, conflict, and the sweetest happily-ever-after ending for the redeemed. No author has ever -or will ever- match His excellence in story crafting. No one.
Who would dare ask God, “Who’s your agent?”
He needs no go-between to fight for Him, to prove to others He’s a gifted and serious author, that He has what it takes.
As the Author and Creator of all, His status and ability is unequaled, His fame known throughout the world. His eternal Word is communicated both in print and in Spirit, with sales of the Bible capable of dominating best-seller lists, no matter the translation.
Since that unforgettable appointment, efforts to acquire an agent have paid off. A few weeks ago, I accepted an offer with Hartline Literary Agency www.hartlineliterary.com. That makes me – ta da! – an agented author.
HOWEVER, nothing’s changed. God is just as much wholly God now as He was before I signed the contract and I’m still wholly loved and accepted as I was before, too. God is still the Author and will always be un-agented.