Etta Wilson was first recommended to me as an agent by Jane Kurtz, adult missionary kid and author of several award winning children’s books. At the time Etta’s client list was full. A few years later I queried her again. That same day, she had noticed an announcement of the release of my picture book So That's What God is Like. It felt right to both of us, and she took me on.
Etta Wilson retired this week after eighteen years as an agent and many more in publishing. She even has a Caldecott honor book to her credit--the Lamplighter by Elisa Bartone. When she took me on, an agent was not a necessity in Christian fiction. Now it is. Etta has graciously given me the names of agents she believes might be appropriate for me. So I am back to sending query letters, looking for a kindred spirit to advise me and represent my work to publishers.
Thank you, Etta, for all you have done. May you enjoy your piano, your flowers, your needlework and the extra time with family. We, your former clients, hope to provide you with many great books with which to relax.