The Inside Scoop: Two Agents Dish on Getting Published.
Their presentation and responses to questions were extremely helpful, gracious and humorous. I highly recommend picking up a copy of their book, or better yet, attend a conference they will also be attending and seize any opportunity you can to listen to their wise, warm advice.
The point they made that I wanted to highlight for you today was in response to the question, "What makes a book specifically Christian?"
Ms. Kobobel Grant explained that a Christian book will have a "faith arc," just as it will have a story arc. She said a faith arc is "a faith journey for the protagonist, braided beautifully within character and plot." She also gave an inspiring reminder that God calls us all to servanthood. She said "we are all servants to our readers."
Hearing her words was a timely reminder of the perspective we should have as we are writing. No matter what stage of the process we are in, writing is a calling. Once God has called us to write, we need to pay attention to our own faith so that we can develop the faith of our characters. We also need to ask ourselves, "How can we be servants to our readers?" If we aren't published yet, we can ask ourselves, "How can we be servants to those in the process with us?"
Have you ever thought of writing as servanthood? What is one way you could serve your readers, or writing colleagues?
Leave a comment and let us know!