Monday 15 December 2008

The accidental Author

Success story

Wow! There’s hope for us yet.

As far as the book world is concerned, one of the most surprising triumphs this year comes from William P. Young. He penned a tale about a man who confronts his demons while holed up for the weekend in a ramshackle cabin in the woods with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

The Shack, William P. Young's first novel, has sold in excess of 4.4 million copies in 24 different countries, after being spurned by 26 publishers. A lesson to be learned by those who fill their study walls with rejection slips. It CAN happen - just keep plugging away and it might be you next time.

Accidental Author

"I'm not a real author. I'm an accidental one at best," he says. "I've always written as gifts for friends or family, whether it's poetry or songs or short stories or whatever. My wife, said, `Someday I'd like you to write something as a gift for a kids.' She later told me that she was thinking of four to six pages."

Young was born in Canada but moved with his missionary parents to remote New Guinea when he was 10 months old.

William’s success is like a fairy-tale come true. It’s the sort of thing we all dream of …. It never happens …. Yet it has.

Good luck to him.... I just wish a little of it would drip in my direction.

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