Amanda (Chip’s assistant) steps in…
April 28, 2010 | Written by admin
Let's talk a bit about what I call The Christian Connection.
I've seen it one too many times: Some Christian writer with big-time aspirations discovers that Chip, one of the top agents in the business, is also a Christian. Ba-da-boom, the query is sent, the correlation made, and the aspiring author sits back patiently awaiting Chip's acceptance.
And then they're rejected.
They slump in their chair, defeated. Demoralized. Because it was meant to be.
And now they'll have to venture out into the cold, dark world of the eternally damned.
Give me a break.
We all know finding the right agent is about more than your personal belief system. It's about how you interact, what your expectations are, what work you produce, and whether you feel any chemistry. Authors who rely on the Christian Connection generally miss this whole concept. And I'm really fine with that. I am. It's their loss.
What I'm not fine with is how the Christian Connection communicates a general fear of interacting with the unsaved.
I feel it in the twelve exclamation points that follow each reference to Christianity. I see it in the continual reminder that God's will must be at work, bringing two like-minded professionals together like this. And it bothers me. Aren't we to be salt and light?
But what if my agent swears?! Drinks?!! Cheats?!!! Or does all three while I'm meeting him at a club in Las Vegas?!!!!
Here's the bottom line. Chip likes representing other Christians. He really does. And there are times when the connection is there and there's no doubt that he should represent another Christ-follower. But when it comes down to it, well … If Tony Dungy (former coach of the Indiana Colts) put each and every Christian football player he ever met on his team, do you think they would have won the championship? Do you think they would have even come close?
And what's more important, do you think his impact on football would have been half what it turned out to be?
Nope. Not a chance.
-Amanda (Assistant at MacGregor Literary)