As a person of faith, prayer plays an important part in my life. I pray about pretty much everything, including my writing journey. I prayed about whether my manuscript was ready to query. I’ve prayed about when to wait and when to move forward. Most of all, I pray for patience. Lots of patience. Like, all the time.
It occurred to me this morning that in all of that praying, I’ve never actually prayed for my future agent. This might sound odd, like I’m getting ahead of myself, but I have faith that I’ll find that perfect agent match eventually, whether it’s next week or next year. You also might think, “Whoa, Michelle. What if your future agent doesn’t believe in prayer?” Well, if they come upon this post, hopefully they’ll either think, “Oh, that’s nice that her faith is important to her and she was thinking about me.” Or maybe they’ll shrug it off and love my writing so much they don’t care. If they really are my future agent, it will be one of those two. If this post scares them away from representing me, then we aren’t the best fit anyway. Because my purpose isn’t to convert them, just to pray for our future working relationship. They don’t have to believe the same thing I do for that. So here goes:
I pray that you love my writing so much you can’t put it down.
I pray that we share a vision for my career that results in a productive, mutually beneficial working relationship.
I pray that we always show each other respect in our communications and give each other the benefit of the doubt if there is a disagreement.
I pray that you’ll challenge me to continue improving as a writer.
I pray that we’ll work together for the long term.
I pray for your success in your career, not just with me but with all of your clients. Maybe you’ll discover the next Harry Potter? (It doesn’t hurt to ask.)
I pray for general peace and whatever it is you need most in your life outside of agenting.
Ok, I think that’s it. In the meantime, I’ll get back to that prayer for patience :).