Once upon a time, Mr. Dan and Miss Ali were out for a drive. They started talking about random things, and Mr. Dan said, "You know, I had this idea that I think might make a cool children's book." Miss Ali is all about books, so she was excited to hear what Mr. Dan was thinking about. He told her about an image he had in his head of a boy sitting on his grandfather's lap, and how maybe the grandfather would answer any questions the boy had. So then they started thinking about what questions a boy might ask, and soon they had a pretty neat idea about the boy trying to find God in the world.
A few weeks later Mr. Dan gave Miss Ali some notes. "I've been thinking about that book, but I don't know how to start it. Any idea?"
Miss Ali took the notes and read them over. "I think I know how it could start. Let me take a stab at it." So she did, and soon they had a whole book, beginning, middle, and end, and thought a good title might be, "That's Where God Is."
It just so happened that Miss Ali had a writing agent, so they asked Mr. Don to please see if anyone might want to publish this book. He contacted Portland Studios and hired Mr. Cory to whip up a couple pictures to go with it. He did, and they all waited anxiously to see if anyone would like the book.
A month went by. Then another, and another. Mr. Dan and Miss Ali had a baby, and still they waited. "It's a great book," everyone would say, "but we're just not doing kids' books right now." They were all disappointed, but they didn't give up hope. Mr. Dan and Miss Ali just knew that the book was special, and that someday someone would snatch it up.
Mr. Don moved on from being an agent, and Miss Ali signed on with a new agent and had another baby. And then one day Mr. Don called and said, "Hey! Guess what? I'm working at David C. Publishing now, and they want your book!"
There was much rejoicing in the house of Mr. Dan and Miss Ali. And much more waiting to be done, because it takes a lot longer than you might think to put a book like this together. But then one day Mr. Dan and Miss Ali got the first copy of the book in the mail, and they knew all their prayers and patience had been worth it.
They hope *you* think they were worth it, too.
The little book that could
Posted on July 27th, 2010
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