Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed-in-hope through award winning novels, nonfiction, devotionals, and through speaking events for women and writers. She is the professional relations liaison for ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) connecting authors with booksellers, libraries, bookclubs, and readers. Her books have garnered retailer, reader, and reviewer honors throughout the industry. Her tagline is "I can't unravel. I'm hemmed in Hope." Everything she writes and every speaking event traces back to that concept and the truths of Romans 15:13. She serves as a literary agent with Books & Such Literary Management, helping other writers not only develop their projects for publication, but develop their careers as writers. She lives in the heart of Wisconsin with her grade school sweetheart husband, not far from their three children and six grandchildren.
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Why Would You Want an Agent?
What role do agents play for Christian writers? How important are they in this publishing climate, and at what stage of our writing careers? Do I or will I ever need an agent? Can an agent make that much of a difference between whether I'm published or not? These questions and more will be answered by Cynthia Ruchti, an award-winning author who has worked with her agent for twelve years, and who now also serves as an agent with Books & Such Literary Management, one of the most highly respected and successful agencies in Christian publishing.
A writer who understands good writing technique/craft, but also has invested time in studying how their project meets reader felt-needs and what other books have been written on the topic, who is already reaching and engaging with people (sometimes called platform or built-in audience) in a significant way, and who is teachable will make any editor or agent lean in and listen. Specifically, I'm looking for a fresh approach on timeless truths, compelling and biblically based nonfiction or fiction that addresses current reader needs in an evergreen way (it won't be outdated in a year or two), women's fiction, Christian Living, Spiritual Development, a few memoirs but they must have a clear reader takeaway, other categories of fiction but not fantasy. Children's books are a very hard sell right now, so I'd be hesitant to take on a children's author.
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