As a reader who became a writer, I can certainly say God has sparked a flame in my heart for the written word, specifically His Word. In learning to study the Bible, line by line and verse by verse, I felt completely consumed with wanting to know more. Seventeen commentaries, five new notebooks, a pack of brand-new markers, and a Rubik’s cube later, I have discovered Bible study for me is a full-contact sport. Out of the ardent study of the Word, I found myself curating expositional studies for women and books designed to share the military community story.
Ultimately, this journey has brought the opportunity to serve as a literary agent. Now, I’m a reader who became a writer, who also reads the writings of others. For me, it’s a joy to help more readers become writers. Make sense?
One of the first questions I’m asked is, “What is it you are looking for?”
First, I am interested in representing Christian authors.
I am looking to work with authors who hold a Christian worldview, can wholeheartedly agree with this agency’s statement of faith, and desire to create content and publishing projects with gospel-centricity. However, if a Christian author is writing a book for a general audience, this agency does have the ability to sell books to the general market.
And I’m not interested only in military-affiliated authors or books.
While I am enthusiastically searching for authors in the military and veteran community space, I am open to exploring Christian books targeted toward a wider audience.
What types of books am I interested in?
I am interested in nonfiction books. Specifically, I am most excited about pursuing projects in Bible study, reference, theology, Christian living and devotionals, spiritual formation, the integration of work and faith, marriage and family, church life, ministry, leadership, evangelism, and missions.
While these topics vary, there are three principles and concepts I value in a person or project.
When we believe we are called to serve the Lord through writing, we also accept the calling to handle His Word with responsibility, care, and stewardship. What this means is that the authoritative teachings in any Christian book should be firmly rooted in Scripture–taught in the proper context, understood in its original intent, and crafted or explained in the correct contemporary application. We must take the charge seriously to handle the Word and teach it well (James 3:1). Additionally, I greatly appreciate authors who have invested the time in continuing education or biblical certification in order to share the whole counsel of God.
So many times, today’s communicators are caught up in the current influencer culture. Looking for quick validation or adoration, heaps of content created for today’s audiences lack authenticity or realness. I am looking for authors who teach through the cracks in their lives, offering real encouragement to readers with real problems.
One of the most important skill sets I look for in potential authors is their ability to understand and relate to their audience well. These are the essential questions I think authors should be able to answer about their readers:
Who am I writing for and why?
What is my reader’s greatest challenge or fear?
What is the answer my reader is looking for from me and why?
I am not interested in fiction or children’s books.
The Process: It is slower than you think.
For authors just starting out, the process looks like developing your concept. Brain dump, mind-map, and research. Do your homework. Really invest the time to develop your idea and complete all the work in creating the pitch assets you’ll need: a proposal and sample chapters (please follow the agency guidelines!). And the process of learning the practical craft of writing and sharpening one’s creative skills is no easy or quick task. It’s not for the faint of heart. Depending on how far into the process you are, this could take a while. Agents are usually looking for authors who have mastered the craft of writing and communicating. If your sentences don’t have subjects or you have 97 Oxford commas, you might want to go back to the drawing board for a bit until the craft writing is sharp.
When the proposal is complete, you might want to get a second set of eyes on it before submitting it. Agents are looking for clear, concise, and compelling ideas. The writing should be your very best. Any grammatical errors, spelling issues, or fumbled wording can send your proposal into the dreaded “to be rejected pile.” To submit a completed proposal, please email email@example.com. Every submission received is reviewed, and I will attempt to respond. Please allow up to 12 weeks for a response, although the typical response time is less.
Good stuff. I’m a police detective polishing up the MS for book #1 in a police detective thriller series. Andrews & Wilson (writing team published by Tyndale & others) endorse my writing. Will keep you in mind for coming weeks when I begin my agent search. Likewise, I, too, want a good fit in an agent–someone who is Christian first and understands my writing vision, which in part is to grow male readership in the Christian market while also being palatable for general market readers. God bless!
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Please don’t leave out the ones who served
back in the places never named;
they may be reticent, reserved,
because they’re used to being shamed
by a world that thinks them jerks
because they chose to fight for pay,
but on the shoulders of the mercs
God in His wisdom found a way
to stand between the least of these,
of no great consequence to might,
and those who’d slaughter as they’d please,
assuming terror theirs by right.
The line was held with fierce bright care,
and parts of friends are buried there.
Andrew, you brought tears to my heart with this one. I have a grandson who was in the middle east just after 9/11. The man who came back to the states is entirely different from the young man who went. And he’s not the only one, no matter the geography of the conflict. Grace and peace, my friend.
I’m so excited for you. As a former literary agent and submissions reader, I know the task you have at hand.
I’m praying for you and everyone else at the agency.
God bless the work of your hands
Thank you so much for sharing your journey. It’s always great to find out how God is leading each of his children to the spot where He wants them to serve. May God use you to reach many through your work and that of your clients.
Thank you for being so specific in what you’re looking for. God bless you and give you wisdom, patience, enthusiasm, and joy as you build your client list!
This is an encouraging post! As one who is just stepping into the literary world I appreciate hearing your heart and seeing some of the perspectives you have as you move forward in your profession. This has given me some places to ponder and put action steps forward in my writing life. Thanks!
As an Army brat and fellow lover of God’s Word, thank you for representing a niche near to my heart! I’m currently editing a series of devotionals/journals tackling one chapter of scripture a day and seeking to encourage believers who haven’t had the blessing of advanced theology training—God speaks through His Word in every verse and to every reader.
Megan, thank you for your clear delineation of your desired submissions. Since I write devotionals, you may be hearing from me later. I have a couple of things in process right now. But they will wait until after the Cedar Falls conference in June. I’ll be getting some feedback then.
Megan. Are you going to the Wright to Publish Conference? I soooo want to meet you.
My website is being updated to fit my current project. I included it but be aware the Bible Study part has changed significantly.
Perfect! Thank you for sharing, Megan. Tamela is my agent, but I will pass your name along to others who write nonfiction. The Steve Laube Agency is the place to be! Blessings to you!
Hi Megan! It was on my heart to speak with Loretta Edison at our church community group last night about how to get started as a professional writer. She asked what I write and I told her Christian self help and Bible studies and she told me about you! After reading your profile, I believe that that my conversation with Mrs. Loretta was an annointed appointment. Please advise on the best way to connect with you. I would love the opportunity to explore a potential partnership.
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I am extremely grateful that you shared your experience. It is always fascinating to learn the path that God is taking everyone of his children to follow in order to get at the place where He wants them to serve.