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An Esther Kind of Author


After reading Dan Balow’s purely satirical post about why he wouldn’t represent Bible people, I got to thinking.

If I were an agent, I’d represent Esther. For many reasons.

  • she’s approachable, honest, thoughtful, and wise;
  • she’d pray for you and those in your agency;
  • and she’d negotiate contracts without losing the essence of the message she’s supposed to share and also negotiate contracts fair enough and still get a decent deal.

Although I don’t have an agent (yet), these are the kind of things that I’d like to do for my agent. Well, for anyone for that matter.

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ACFW 2016: Defining Success Pt. 3



It’s been quite a few weeks since I’ve posted. Sorry for the delay, but life decided to take off at rocket speed, and it was quite the ride! Still is quite a ride, but learning to fly with the rocket instead of trying to catch the rocket. 😉

Remember my posts earlier about literary agent Steve Laube challenging the ACFW members to define success? The link’s here and here if you need to brush up. I know I would!

After my slapdash, haphazard (to borrow from agent Steve Laube) attempt to define success, I’ve cemented my definition of success. I think.

Success is not merely flying by the seat of your pants or barreling down the stairs at full speed. In either case, you’re bound to get hurt. Success is careful planning, putting one foot in front of the other with precise reasons in mind.

I have many things that I’d like to be successful at; but at the risk of going crazy, I have to stop and take into account what I’m doing and why I’m doing it.

No one is ever successful overnight or even in five years. Like a steamy bowl of soup that needs time for the flavors to marry, it takes time learning about and growing in those talents that you have or those desires that you have. Then, when you have learned and grown, you are well on your way to becoming proficient and turning those talents and desires into the success that you can be proud enough to shout to the world from the top of that rocket.

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