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A decade’s dream

"A decade’s dream" Continued...

Issue: "Effective compassion," July 27, 2013

Not the end of the story, I suspect. He said, “I could take the book with me and see if I could try to sell it here and there, on the side, or we could try to find you another agent.” I said—trusting in the Lord and knowing that there’s not much I can do to make this happen—“Take it with you.” I figured, “What are the chances I’m going to find someone else in Manhattan who likes my novel enough to champion it?” So he took it with him. He stayed in the film industry and all through the 2000s he had it, but wasn’t able to sell it. 

Did you ever hear from him during that decade? At the beginning, he tried a few publishers and told me, “They said no,” or, “They still have it and didn’t say anything.” Eventually we lost touch. I not only gave up on seeing my novel ever published, but gave up on all writing: I don’t have a huge church and I haven’t been to heaven and back, so marketing staffs vetoed my proposals. 

But this is not the end. At a conference I heard Gregg Harris ask the audience, “Do any of you have talents, gifts, dreams you’ve stopped pursuing because you’ve given up on them? Let me encourage you: God is able and He can make things happen. Don’t give up.” So I sent out emails to everybody I knew in the publishing business, Christian and secular, and said to the Lord, “If you want something to happen, please make it happen. If nothing happens, I’m content: I trust you for that.” I got one back from that agent I told you about, who had just been hired by Macmillan. So Silhouette came out.

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Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.


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