I enjoy historical novels; and so I often see the greeting, “Your servant, Madame.” This charming salute makes me think of my life. How can I be a servant to you? Here are some thoughts:
1. Overarching Purpose: I chose to enter Christian publishing because I hope to serve the Lord. Christian publishing provides a key service to our community by offering readers faith-affirming, uplifting fiction and serious, grace-filled nonfiction that helps and edifies readers. I believe in this mission, and I’m privileged to be here.
2. Readers: I do my best to choose book projects readers will be pleased to see published.
3. Authors: I love walking beside authors, offering advice, encouragement, input, and friendship. Rather than dictating to authors what they must do, I partner with them.
4. Editors: I submit worthy projects they can seriously consider.
5. Publishing team: I’m awed by the amount of work needed to bring a book from manuscript to publication. Titling, cover art, marketing, working with endorsers, launch teams, salespeople, wow! Here, I can offer any support needed.
6. Other agents: I’ll always remember a comment an editor made at a conference years ago. She marveled that Christian agents are friendly with one another at gatherings, unlike many of our general-market counterparts. I’m glad we agents can be congenial with one another. After all, we all want Christian authors to be successful!
7. Everyone else: I do my best to respect others, knowing everything is never all about me. Rather, I am your servant.
Let me know how I can serve you.