Why Does Bestselling Author John Grisham’s Agent Think He’s Nuts To Do This?

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Mega best-selling author John Grisham has been told he’s nuts.

By the very people he relies on to make great business decisions.

His agent, his publisher, and his editor told him he shouldn’t do this.

Grisham didn’t care.

He’s written a new book.

In fact, he calls it the most important book he’s ever written.

A book that doesn’t fit the brand of his wildly popular legal thrillers.

And better than that–he’s giving this book away for free.


It’s called, “The Tumor.”

Amazon describes the book as following, “the present day experience of the fictional patient Paul, an otherwise healthy 35-year-old father who is diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Grisham takes readers through a detailed account of Paul’s treatment and his family’s experience that doesn’t end as we would hope. Grisham then explores an alternate future, where Paul is diagnosed with the same brain tumor at the same age, but in the year 2025, when a treatment called focused ultrasound is able to extend his life expectancy.

Focused ultrasound has the potential to treat not just brain tumors, but many other disorders, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, hypertension, and prostate, breast and pancreatic cancer.”

Why is Grisham stepping so far away from his brand of wildly popular legal thrillers?

And giving away the book for free?

It’s his way of giving back.

Grisham tells the Washington Post he’s good friends with Dr. Neal Kassell, a prominent University of Virginia neurosurgeon who founded the Focused Ultrasound Foundation in 2006.

Dr. Kassell wanted Grisham to sit on his board, which usually means raising a bunch of money, something that Grisham says he hates doing.

Writing this book, raising the profile of this kind of treatment was Grisham’s way of donating to the foundation.

I can’t imagine a more valuable contribution.

Apparently, all of Grisham’s business people were worried. They didn’t think writing “The Tumor” and giving it away for free was a good idea.

Grisham did it anyway.

Good for him, going with his gut.

If he listened to people who told him it wasn’t a good idea to do things, he probably wouldn’t have dared to write his first novel.



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Why Does Bestselling Author John Grisham’s Agent Think He’s Nuts To Do This?

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