Blogger: Wendy Lawton
I’m currently on the road, finishing up an almost two-week long book tour with Lauraine Snelling. I thought it would be fitting to rewrite a blog post from a few years ago because we need this important reminder. It’s about the agent’s heart. Jokes abound about the heartlessness of agents, but the truth is that when all is said and done, John Q. Agent will not be judged on how well he handled the paperwork, how many books he sold, or even how much money he managed to make for his clients. On that day, the heavenly Father will want to know one thing, “Did you love my people?”
The philosophy is best summed up in 1st Corinthians 13 (The Message):
1 If I pitch projects with enthusiasm and eloquence but don’t love, I’m nothing but blah, blah, blah. (Okay, that’s my paraphrase) 2If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. 3-7If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
Here’s the philosophy in a nutshell:
- Love never gives up.
- Love cares more for others than for self.
- Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
- Love doesn’t strut,
- Doesn’t have a swelled head,
- Doesn’t force itself on others,
- Isn’t always “me first,”
- Doesn’t fly off the handle,
- Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
- Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
- Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
- Puts up with anything,
- Trusts God always,
- Always looks for the best,
- Never looks back,
- But keeps going to the end.
What it comes down to is this: In the eternal scope of things it doesn’t matter how talented John Q. Agent is in negotiating contracts or protecting his clients’ rights (although those things are important). We are called to be servants. No strutting. No swelled heads. We can’t celebrate when we bring someone to his knees during negotiations. It isn’t always “me first.” Prima donnas need not apply. This philosophy will be our John Q’s secret weapon.
It’s an important reminder for all of us.
How about you as a writer? How important is the heart element in your writing and your dealings with those in the industry?