A true story. Not long ago, I had the pleasure of finding myself in conversation with media mogul Rupert Murdoch. After a long talk, Rupert asked me who my publisher was. I was about to answer, when suddenly I realized the truth and blurted out, “Why, you are!” I was referring to the fact that Murdoch’s HarperCollins Publishers was in the process of buying my publisher, the heretofore independent Thomas Nelson.
This week, that proposed sale overcame its final regulatory hurtle and became fact. Thomas Nelson is now a wholly owned subsidiary of HarperCollins. This is interesting for many reasons, not the least of which is that HC also owns Nelson’s chief competitor in the Christian market, Zondervan. How that will shake out, I don’t know. For myself, the only difference will be that I will from now on be speaking with an Australian accent.
No, seriously, I’m delighted to rejoin the Murdoch stable. I worked with HarperCollins many years ago in Great Britain. They published a couple of my novels there, and were great to work with. I look forward to working with them again.