How To Land a Literary Agent and Get Your Book Published

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An article from Matthew L. Jacobson

Marriage, Parenting, Church, Culture, – Literary Agent? Off topic? Maybe . . . just a little . . . but, not really.

The sound of those familiar steps found their way from the stairs to my office. I love it when Lisa pokes her head through my door during the day. I work from my home office . . . not a lot of visitors. Only this time, there was an earnest, serious note in her voice, “I have to read this to you.”

Had she been crying?

“Sure, come on in.”

“I just read this on line. It’s from Darlene Schacht, the Time Warp Wife, a blogger I recently started following.”

Lisa paused for a moment then began reading the account from a wrenching chapter in the author’s life. Like standing too deep at the Oregon coast in a riptide during a storm, I was instantly swept away by the powerful undertow of her story.

Yes, Lisa had been crying.

You never anticipate the power of the ocean. It can all look so good, so serene, so inviting . . . from a distance.

Darlene’s story was like that – completely unanticipated – but, it was too late. Satan laughed, the demons danced.

Yes, Satan has his moments but they never last where the power of Grace meets the darkness of his kingdom, head on . . . through a wounded, but humble, yielded heart.

And that’s when I lost it.

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  • Belinda

    Wow, Darlene, what an amazing testimony!! I love how Matthew says God specialises in opening doors – what an amazing, loving Father we have <3

  • Pat

    I have a long way to go, but I’m learning more all the time about the wonderful ways God allows us to connect with those who are best able to help us, or with those who most need our help. This story is a beautiful example of our Father’s creative love.

    • Darlene Schacht

      I would peek into the acknowledgement section of your favorite books (ones that are similar to yours). Authors will often thank their agents. You can then look them up on line and send a letter of introduction.