Since this is the week when those of us in the United State celebrate Thanksgiving, I thought I’d take a moment to say a few words of gratitude.
To Tamela and Bob
Tamela Hancock Murray and Bob Hostetler are two of the finest literary agents in the business. It is fun to work alongside you both. There is a reason you were both nominated for the Agent-of-the-Year award by ACFW this year. [Now, get back to work!]
To Thomas Umstattd, Jr.
Thank you for your work on our amazing podcast The Christian Publishing Show. There is nothing quite like it, and your talent makes it all the more unique.
To our clients
It would take a rather long time to go through each name (you can look at the list here). But I do want to thank each one of you for being part of our agency. You all amaze me. Collectively, you create almost seven million published words each year. It is a privilege to play a role in helping those words get out into the marketplace where they can change the world.
To our blog readers
Thank you for being faithful readers. I hope you glean a tidbit here and there that helps you along the writing and publishing journey. Someday I’d love to take all subscribers, online followers, and visitors and put them in one room. I suspect it might be a rather large room.
To all writers
Whether or not we get to serve as your literary agents, we support you in every way possible. Together we lift each other up to this high calling we have as communicators of the gospel. Thank you for the long hours, amazing ideas, and beautiful words.
To all editors and publishers
What you do for the Kingdom is rarely appreciated the way it should be. To work in the world of ideas and help make those ideas dynamic, attractive, and available is a true service. Few, this side of heaven, will ever know the impact of the books you work so hard to produce.
To the Enclave Publishing community
Thank you to our writers for their out-of-this-world stories. But mostly for your extraordinary support this past year. You all know what I mean. And to the readers! We all hope that these stories take you to vastly different places … but still find that the immense and creative God of all universes has been there before. (Visit enclavepublishing.com.)
To the Christian Writers Institute community
I’m so grateful for those who found The Christian Writers Institute and the courses prepared there. May they continue to give you the appropriate nudge toward excellence in your craft. A sincere thanks as well to those who use The Christian Writers Market Guide either in print, online, or in e-book form. I hope it will continue to be a go-to resource for years to come.
To my family
Thank you to my wife, Lisa, without whom I wouldn’t be able to do this job. To my three daughters, three sons-in-law, and grandson, I throw out slobbery kisses and manly hugs!
To my Lord and Savior
Without the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we would be a people without hope. At one time many of us lived without that hope (Ephesians 2:12). But by the grace of God I am with Christ, through Christ, and in Christ. Soli Deo Gloria.