by Karen Ball
As I’ve started the work of being an agent and building a client list, I’ve had a number of folks in different venues ask me what I’m interested in representing. So thought I’d address that here.
First and foremost, you need to know that I’m looking for books that share God’s truth. I want to work with authors whose books will change lives. Who bring the depth and wealth of their own spiritual journeys to whatever they are writing. I long for books, whether fiction or nonfiction, that are filled with authenticity, vulnerability, and powerful truth.
Second, what I’m most interested in is writing, as the title of this post says, that sings. That calls to my heart and mind, that draws me in and, in the process, changes me.
As a writer, editor, and now agent, fiction makes me dance. I love the power of story, the wonder of words that create a world and characters that transport me and leave me better for the journey. So I’m definitely interested in writers crafting wonderful novels. And I’m open to all genres.
Yes, Virginia, I am interested in representing authors who write non-fiction. Especially what I call lyrical non-fiction. The kind of non-fiction with a lyrical, storyteller’s narrative voice. Books that share the message as, say, Anne Lamott does in Bird by Bird or Mike Yaconelli does in Messy Spirituality. Non-fiction that captures our imagination as well as our intellect, as happens with Donald Miller’s Blue Like Jazz (which I mention not, as you might think, because it’s a best-seller but because it’s one of the few nonfiction titles in the last several years that captured me as a reader). Non-fiction that sings. Here, too, I am open to all categories.
With both fiction and non-fiction, I’m happy to consider proposals from new, unpublished authors, so long as you’ve done your homework (meaning you’ve been to writers’ conferences, had your work critiqued, done the work of revising and refining so that the craft is as good as you can get it).
You can send proposals via email to my attention at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So…comments and questions?