Do you query only Christian agents with your inspirational writing or do you query anyone who handles your genre?
If we're looking at agents as an Evangelist (see 3/13 post), then it would make sense that we would want someone who shares our values and who can guide us along the path where God wants us to go. A Christian agent would (hopefully) provide us the godly wisdom we need.
The dilemma for most Christian writers is the scarcity of Christian agents. When I started querying my first book, I wrote down a list of different agencies I thought were the most obvious in working with Christian writers, the ones who claimed to represent Inspirational authors on their home pages.
Here's what I came up with:
- MacGregor Literary http://chipmacgregor.com/
- Word Serve Literary http://www.wordserveliterary.com/
- Books and Such Literary Agency http://booksandsuch.biz/index.html
- Steve Laube Agency http://www.stevelaube.com/index.html
- Hartline Literary Agency http://www.hartlineliterary.com/
- 3 Seas Literary Agency http://www.threeseaslit.com/
- Natasha Kern Literary Agency http://www.natashakern.com/
- Alive Communications, Inc. Literary Agency http://www.alivecommunications.com/
- Browne & Miller Liteary Associates http://www.browneandmiller.com/
- Seymour Agency http://www.theseymouragency.com/contact.html
- Mortimer Literary Agency http://www.mortimerliterary.com/
- Eames Literary Services http://www.eamesliterary.com/
- The Knight Agency http://www.knightagency.net/
- Benrey Literary http://www.benreyliterary.com/
- Van Diest Literary Agency http://christianliteraryagency.com/
Many of the these literary agencies do not take unsolicited queries unless referred by a present client. The others that let newbies submit queries are so overworked they can hardly keep up with their emails.So back to my original quandry. As Pilgrims who long to write for the glory of the King, how do we wisely chose an agent? In this tough industry, do we take whomever we can get or do we hold out for a Christian agent?
Which way should we go?
P.S. If I've missed any agents who might fit this list, let me know. I'd love to add them.