Thankful to Publishers Weekly for gifting us with a half page ad of The Little Boy Who Wouldn't Eat Cheesecake in this week's edition, due to a very unusual circumstance. Scroll down below and I will share what happened.
Here's a pic from the online version.
Back in October, we were contacted by a Publishers Weekly associate who offered us a special rate to advertise in their highly respected online and printed magazine. We wanted to reach librarians and educators, so felt it would be a good investment and on October 20, 2020, we paid for a 1/3 page ad to go in one of the December issues. The gentleman, will call him Markus Abner (not his real name), emailed the below proof and this message . . .
I’m actually going to get you in a better issue along with everybody else in January that’s a much better feature then right before Christmas. I’ll call you this week.
We were really impressed with the proof he sent us, but it didn't appear in the January issue. Several emails were received with reasons why it needed to be pushed back to March and then no response at all. After the events of this year, wasn't sure if Markus had fallen ill. However, I knew something wasn't right and prayed that God would help everyone involved in the situation and to hear back from someone at Publishers Weekly before having to send them an email with concerns about Mr. Abner.
That morning I received an email from the assistant of the CEO of PW. She apologized and asked if I could send her my email correspondence with Markus. It sounded like Markus was no longer with PW. Thankfully, Markus was well, but sadly, had made the decision to take the payments to PW and place them in his own account, ghosting PW and the authors he sold advertisements to.
Because of the amount of time that had transpired since original payment, our credit card company, Bank of America, would not further investigate. Not happy about their decision, but really impressed with the CEO of Publishers Weekly who called us personally and emailed us himself to make sure we were taken care of. He said he greatly cared for his company, its reputation and the authors they serve. He could have just honored the original ad agreement, but instead, thanked me for my patience and wanted to give us a 1/2 page ad with another, larger design at no cost. Wow! Thanking the Lord and this thoughtful CEO!
To Markus Abner, I forgive you and wish you peace. Read Matthew 18:21-35 to find out why.
Also, we were given permission to use the original ad for our bookmarkers, and so what was meant for evil, God turned around for good (read Genesis 50:20).
Stay humble & be BOLD!
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a
light unto my path." Psalm 119:105
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