I gained representation from my agent the same way. I'd come to know Rachelle Gardner when she was an editor (and turned down my submission--rightly so, by the way). After she became an agent, I followed her blog. I'd already given up any hope of being a writer, but through a series of events that could only be "a God thing" (as my friend, Rupert Robbins would say) she read some of my work, liked it, and thus began a relationship that has lasted for years (and ten novels either published or under contract).
How do we increase our chances of such good fortune? Of course, we have to produce the best book we can. That's the sine qua non of seeking publication. After that, we keep trying, all the while remembering our reason for doing so. If we're in it for the money or fame, we're probably in the wrong profession anyway. I agree with what I've read so many times: A writer is someone who "can't not write." And a Christian writer has a very specific reason for writing. Let's not forget it.
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