Publishing has always been rife with rumors of publishers misjudging the potential of a book. For years Publishers Weekly would run an article on “sure-fire bestsellers” that were busts. Sometimes it is editors in the acquisitions department simply misjudging a book’s appeal—and sometimes it is marketing leaders applying what I call conventional wisdom to a book proposal.
One if the questions most of us have asked is, “Will God answer my selfish prayer?” The answer you have probably received is that he will not. Yet we have an amazing God, whose grace is higher than the heavens, so at times he acts in ways that seem contrary to the rules we have set for God. Let me share some God Moments that exhibit God’s grace.
The overall title for this series speaks to one of my purposes—to help writers recognize the God Moments in their life. Yet many of the God Moments in my life as a full-time literary agent may not have happened if we had not recognized family-related God Moments.
At Vision New England in Acton, MA staff were intrigued by the “extending your territory” imagery in The Prayer of Jabez, a book by Bruce Wilkinson that sold millions more in the first year than any secular non-fiction book ever. We decided to study the book’s chapters at lunch.
If you asked most any pastor or ministry leader in 1996 about the state of Christianity in New England he or she would parrot a popular perception—the church is dead in New England.
Despite the seeming tragedy of losing an exciting opportunity as president of Here’s Life Publishers in 1992, the Lord kept dropping opportunities my way. In addition to the two books described in the previous installment, I was approached about helping a marriage counselor upgrade his book, Discovering the Mind of a Woman.