Competing With The Pope

“You know how it is in the kid’s book world; it’s just bunny eat bunny.” Anonymous

Imagine you’re a children’s book editor going through the slush pile and you come across a manuscript written by Benedetto XVI—the Pope! You can’t say no to a submission from the Pope. He’s God’s right-hand man. Since the Pope is infallible, the manuscript is flawless. Editing will be a cinch. This is a windfall from heaven—a miracle for your publishing house. Give His Holiness a book contract!   

Competition in the book industry is brutal. Writers not only compete with one another, but they compete with well-known celebrities who decide to branch out and try their hand at writing children’s books. Some books are well done. Others are not. No matter what, a celebrity name almost guarantees a publishing house a good sell. And now the Pope has written a children’s book. How does a writer compete with the Pope? He’s a celebrity above and beyond all celebrities.   

Gli Amici di Gesù (THE FRIENDS OF JESUS) was published this spring by the Milanese publishing house Piccola Casa Editrice in Italian. It’s soon to be published in English and Spanish.

I have no doubt that it’s an excellent book. After all, it comes from the top, and the Pope is well-versed in his subject matter. I wonder what will come next.

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