“I will put you in charge of more…”


Fear hides the talent...
In Jesus’ parable (Matthew 25), only one man responds with suspicion, distrust, and fear. He buries his talent…

Do you remember Jesus’ Parable of the Talents? One guy is given two talents to invest, another guy five, and a third guy, one. The first two get right to the business of trading, and each doubles his investment.

Needless to say, their master is pleased. He says the same thing to each of the first two guys: “Well done, good and faithful servant. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.”

Wait, what? The master gives them more responsibility? Isn’t the reward for a job well done a vacation? On some tropical beach for, like, a month or something? Not in God’s economy.

If I am faithful in small tasks, I can be trusted with larger, more important projects. And don’t miss this: there is joy in the growth of responsibility. Joy for a job well done; who would have thought?  The guy who buries his talent faces big trouble. Even what he has–the one talent–the master takes away.

When I don’t see immediate results, I am quick to identify with the buried-talent guy. I invest time; I grind away at a writing project. The words don’t spill onto the page perfectly polished and publication-ready. Then I sigh and tell myself I’ve done nothing.  My discouragement leads me to assume that I’ve been lazy. Um, no.

Just because something is difficult doesn’t mean I’ve buried the talent. Many projects take time, especially writing projects. My reward won’t be an extended vacation, either. But is kicking back truly what I want? If I am planning to grow as an author, isn’t greater opportunity the better thing?

This week I acquired my publication rights for the Mercy’s Embrace trilogy. Talk about a change in summer plans! I am both scared and elated. I have the opportunity to release these books–with new covers and a new, more romantic ending–under my own auspices. It’s the Parable of the Talents, but for real in my life.

Here’s the thing: I know how to do this. I know exactly how to release a book: Format it. Get a great cover made. Promote it as an indie author. Only now I will do the same with three more.

There’s a lot of joy around here, let me tell you. There is also a lot of typing. My original files, sent seven years ago to the publisher, crashed with an ancient laptop of mine. The cover art and manuscript files customarily remain with the original publisher; I won’t be asking for them. So I am typing my own books.

First I tried to pirate them off Kindle For PC–for real, I did–but that didn’t work out. Amazon is wise to such attempts, and a scary notice popped up on my screen. Ah well. Two chapters’ worth of copy-and-paste (per book) is better than nothing.

Typing has turned out to be the best thing ever because, dang, the Mercy’s books are well written. They’re really good. How could I have forgotten that? Plus, because these will be second editions, changes can be made. I can tighten up a few things. Add the kind of ending readers are longing for. Make these good books even better.

“Enter into the joy of your master,” Jesus says in the parable. Isn’t this the truth! More responsibility? Bring it.

DBAON-thumbnailHey, there’s a giveaway going on this week and a sale.  To celebrate my birthday, the Kindle edition of Darcy By Any Other Name is reduced to $3.99 through August 10th. Come read Meredith’s wonderful review and enter by posting a comment.

And now, back to typing…

Laura Hile (1)

17 thoughts on ““I will put you in charge of more…”

  1. Such an important lesson – taking care to nurture our talents can bring added responsibility indeed. I’m sure you can handle whatever comes your way. Congratulations on getting your books back. What an opportunity to make them even better, as you say.

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    1. Exciting times, yes. Thank you for the encouragement, Denise.

      I look to the calendar–the school year cometh when no woman can type (for hours)–so I’m leaning into making the most of my time. This is a scary-wonderful development, and I’m mindful to keep my focus on the big picture. There are many things that can go wrong, including the potential for losing the reviews on Amazon. That’s the breaks. I will gladly start all over again, because these books are worth it.

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        1. You know, you’re right. As long as the title and author are the same, Amazon should be able to load the 2nd edition and link up the reviews. At least that’s what I’ve been told. Amazon does keep listings for out-of-print books, as long as there are used copies up for sale. if not, it’s a consequence I’m willing to face.

          I’ve assigned the “book review capture” job to Michael (eldest son). He’s my gatekeeper for reviews, and he enjoys keeping an eye on the sales chart. He majored in economics, minored in business, and used to be an engineering student. The numbers thing appeals to him.

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    1. Not a development I anticipated or even looked to have happen, but as events unfolded it was definitely the right way to go. It was time. Thanks for your support, Gayle. I sincerely appreciate your encouragement.

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    1. Thanks, viamari. It’s an adventure, that’s for sure …
      I’ve learned a lot over the last six years, and the world of publishing has changed tremendously. There are excellent opportunities for indie authors. But we must be willing to lean in to the work…

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    1. How right you are! Great things do come at a cost, and I am willing to dig in and work. I’ve graphed out the rest of the summer. If I am diligent to stay on-task, I will finish up before school begins. Thank you for the encouragement!

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  2. It’s hard to keep up with the publishing world, for sure, but I have no doubt you’ll get this done and be proud of what you put out there. I may have some additional information for you. If I find it, I’ll send you a note, as it may help with some of the task ahead. Love that this is all going so well for you! What a difference a year makes 🙂

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  3. First, this parable is always disturbing; I’m often certain I’m squandering the gifts and talents I’ve been given. Damned perfectionism and expectations. What a refreshing reminder about the joy and the fact that difficult does not equal faithlessness.

    Second, BRILLIANT JOB on reclaiming your pub rights!!! Wow, honey! So awesome! I cannot believe you’re retyping your own complete MSS…except that I can because it’s probably something I’d do. LOL. I’m glad the process of it has brought its own rewards. Look at you and this summer!!!


  4. Well done on getting your pub rights back! And thanks, also, for the lesson about making backups (multiples), though I am sorry it came at your expense. I’m with Ros – I’ve had a love/hate relationship with this particular parable (and don’t think I haven’t noticed that none of the three servants *lost* money on the exchange. Would the master have been as generous, I wonder?) but framing it in the context of building towards bigger, more complex, and (hopefully) better projects actually makes a lot of sense to me. Thank you!


  5. Hi Laura, I just found your blog and read this post after reading Darcy By Any Other Name (congratulations! Loved it!). I’m a long ago fan of you from old DWG days. I like your interpretation of this parable – I only saw myself as the burying servant in retrospect, when I faced some kind of reckoning; how nice that you remind me that one can catch oneself right at the temptation to bury rather than when it’s too late! Congratulations on getting your rights for your books! I’m sorry you have to retype the whole of your manuscript. Is there no one among your friends and family who has it in electronic form, for reviewing or betaing reasons? If there is no other choice, I wish you strength to shoulder this burden (and realize its benefits), but I wish you could find a more practical solution. I look forward to seeing the new versions!


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