A Literary Agent’s Prayer


Who used words to speak the whole universe into existence,

Who chose human language to communicate Divine truths,

Who wrote your commandments on tablets of stone,

And inspired mere mortals to publish your immortal and eternal Word, hear my prayer.


I am your servant, and I am a literary agent. Lord, help me.

Grant that even with all the words and sentences, paragraphs and pages I must read every day, that I will not grow weary; preserve my enthusiasm for good writing and good books.

Please protect my eyesight through the hours upon hours I must spend gazing at screens and pages.

Keep me grounded in Your Word above all others.

Help me to respond with grace and discretion to writers who have poured their hearts into their work and still need to work some more.

Save me from hubris; teach me humility, helping me to remember always that this enterprise is not about me but about building your kingdom.

Save me from providing false hope and tactless criticism.

Save me from lazy and crazy writers, and save me from becoming one of them.

Grant me patience and wisdom in finding talent, even when it’s rough and undeveloped.

Help me to know when to teach, when to encourage, when to coach, when to correct, when to speak out, and when to shut up.

Guide me to those men and women who can flat write, who will put in the time, who will hone their craft, and become fit instruments in your hands, amen.

And through it all, Lord, may the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart—and every exchange with authors, editors, and readers—be acceptable in your sight.

31 Responses to A Literary Agent’s Prayer

  1. Shirlee Abbott August 1, 2018 at 4:04 am #

    Give this agent your eyes and your mind, O Christ.

  2. Diana Derringer August 1, 2018 at 4:33 am #

    Thank you for sharing and, in the process, providing new perspective.

  3. Afton Rorvik August 1, 2018 at 5:12 am #


  4. Sharon K. Connell August 1, 2018 at 5:17 am #

    That was beautiful. I pray that God will grant you all those and more wisdom than asked. God bless you.

  5. Lori August 1, 2018 at 5:24 am #

    Amen and amen. May it be so today and forever more.

  6. Kathy Nickerson August 1, 2018 at 6:00 am #

    Amen and amen.

  7. Judith Robl August 1, 2018 at 6:19 am #

    Amen, amen and Aaaaamen! Thank you for your transparency, Bob, and for allowing us to pray with you.

  8. Paul J. Russell August 1, 2018 at 6:24 am #

    As a writer, I am humbled, and this prayer gives me great respect for Christian literary agents.

    Thank you very much,

    Paul J. Russell

  9. Catherine August 1, 2018 at 6:44 am #

    Exquisite! Thank you for your honesty and your insight (to say nothing of your pithy humor!).

  10. bob August 1, 2018 at 6:44 am #

    May the words that we write have an impact for eternity if even in only one life. He is not willing that any should perish.

  11. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser August 1, 2018 at 6:52 am #

    With the amps jacked up to ten,
    and the drummer’s on a roll,
    gonna hit the wah-wah, yell “AMEN!”
    ’cause, Bob, this prayer is solid gold.

  12. Karen Sargent August 1, 2018 at 7:14 am #

    What a blessing to be allowed to eavesdrop on this prayer.

  13. Abbey August 1, 2018 at 7:25 am #

    Beautiful prayer! I pray ALL Christian agents would follow this prayer and may we, as authors, be as diligent and humble when we present our work to be critiqued and accept the answer God shows us through godly agents!

  14. Steven Fantina August 1, 2018 at 8:06 am #

    A very nice prayer–those of us who seek agents should pray for similar guidance and also that we can connect with the appropriate agents.

  15. Kay DiBianca August 1, 2018 at 8:10 am #

    What a beautiful prayer. You have humbled and inspired me to consider my efforts as an author and to construct my own prayer in writing. Thank you for your gift to me and others.

  16. Sheri Dean Parmelee, Ph.D August 1, 2018 at 8:58 am #

    Amen, Bob. May I be the kind of client every agent wants to have: understanding, patient, kind, and respectful of my agent’s time.

  17. Patricia Beal August 1, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

    Amen 🙂

  18. Diana Holvik August 1, 2018 at 12:33 pm #

    Awesome prayer. Most of it I could pray as a writer. I want my words to be His words. Blessings

  19. Pat Iacuzzi August 1, 2018 at 1:04 pm #

    Thank you.

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  21. Jeanne Takenaka August 1, 2018 at 4:33 pm #

    What a beautiful prayer. Reveals so much about the heart.

  22. Ginny August 1, 2018 at 7:09 pm #

    Thank you for being a godly man who inspires us all!

  23. Roberta Sarver August 1, 2018 at 7:20 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful prayer, Bob. You were one of the agents who met with me for a one-on-one at a writers conference last year, and I was impressed by how kindly you handled my first-timer bumbling efforts. You helped me come away with a positive attitude, thanks to your helpful suggestions.

    I couldn’t help but think of this quote from Winston Churchill and how it applies to your helpful approach. He said (and I’m drawing from memory), “Diplomacy is the art of telling someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.” While you weren’t at all that extreme, you COULD have gotten away with it.

  24. Tisha Martin August 1, 2018 at 7:42 pm #

    Ohh, that was wonderful and how humbling to read it. Thank you for all you do for writers everywhere. You forgot to mention safe travels! 🙂 Lord, give all the agents everywhere safety as they travel to writers conferences.

  25. Barbara Ellin Fox August 2, 2018 at 3:44 am #

    Thank you for showing us your heart.

  26. Christine August 2, 2018 at 6:46 am #

    What a lovely prayer. I agree with these petitions, and many of them apply to me, as well.

    Lord, let our words be sprinkled with salt, that we may bring blessing with our tongues and with our pens.

  27. Carol Nicolet Loewen August 2, 2018 at 10:02 am #

    Thank you for sharing this meaningful prayer, which also gives us writers insight into what agents deal with daily. Blessings, and Amen!

  28. Colleen Monette August 7, 2018 at 5:29 pm #

    Geez, how does one get an agent? I just want to publish my years and years of scribbled journals and notepads? God gave me the sheer joy of writing when i was 8, looonng time ago!! Writing is like air, without it i would die! 7 books later where do i go? Can you help me?
    Sincerely, Colleen Monette?

  29. Cindy Burger August 8, 2018 at 11:03 pm #


  30. Esther Thompson August 9, 2018 at 7:30 am #

    Awesome way to start my writing day. Thank you.

  31. Janet Ann Collins August 15, 2018 at 2:27 pm #

    Love it!

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