Exactly a year ago today, I was trying to figure out what in the world I was going to
do for 2012. I was talking to a variety of people and publishers about
potential projects. I was in the usual boat of waiting to hear back from them.
I was still working on my big series idea, yet wasn’t sure when I could publish
it. I’d already said no to a publisher who wanted to put me in a cage and feed
me bananas while working on it.
a year ago, I was pretty nervous.
had sent Don Pape, the publisher at David C. Cook, an email asking about
something. His reply came quick.
He certainly had my attention. When I asked why, he
sent me a long email detailing some things related to The Solitary Tales, which
Cook publishes. But also in this email he wrote the following comment:
also can't tell you more but we may be acquiring a project where we need a
writer and today we discussed your name several times over. It would be a
novelization project of a film screenplay.
I emailed him to tell me more, but didn’t get a
reply. On my way home that night, Don called me on my cell and gave me the
turned out David C. Cook was one of several publishers bidding on a
project called Home Run. It was a movie
about a baseball player who goes back to his home town and goes into recovery
while coaching a little league baseball team. It was affiliated with something
called Celebrate Recovery, a ministry started by Saddleback Church (Rick
asked me how my schedule looked.
"Uh, pretty clear."
And whether or not I was interested.
"Yeah, a little."
He wasn’t sure Cook would acquire the book, but he felt
they might. There were other big publishers bidding for it, so they wouldn’t
know until the following week.
I started to pray. And I got my family praying too.
year later, I can’t imagine not getting that project. Of course, it was an
answer to prayer. It turns out a couple different publishers suggested my name
to the producers. I was fortunate they listened to them and eventually chose me
to put their movie into a novelization.
best part of all of this wasn’t getting that contract. Yes, I needed it, but
that wasn’t the best part. If the movie and book are both huge hits, that won’t
be the best part, either.
best part has been meeting the people involved with making Home Run. And seeing the impact Celebrate Recovery is having on
so many lives across this country. I feel like the team behind Home
Run and the leaders in Celebrate Recovery are
part of my family. They adopted a poor orphan child named Travis Thrasher who
likes to make up stories. It turns out I fit in well with all of them.
I look to 2013 with similar uncertainty, I know God has a plan. It’s never my
plan. Never. But usually His plan is far better than the one I’m thinking
thankful David C. Cook thought of me, and Carol Mathews and Tom Newman chose me. I’m thankful for Home Run and
the heart behind it. I’m thankful that I know about Celebrate Recovery.
of all, I’m thankful I’m still able to do the thing I dearly love. And as I do it, God continues
to remind me that it should never be about me.
novelization for Home Run releases March
1, giving you a taste of what’s to come when the movie releases April 19th.
Please go see it. It really is a special film.
Labels: David C. Cook, Home Run, Publishing History, The Solitary Tales