I had waves of submission, and I started getting lots of rejections, and I would just kind of stubbornly keep submitting to six, seven agents at a time. And I had a nice little collection of rejections by the time she called me. Most of the rejections were very impersonal: “Your book is not right for us. Thank you.” — which led me to believe that they hadn’t read it. Some of them had actually read it, and I remember one rejection was, you know, “We like your book, but we think Afghanistan is passé. We think people don’t want to really hear about Afghanistan, they are sick of it, maybe in a few years if you submit it again.” And it was at that point that I realized what a subjective industry publishing is, and you can’t give up, you can’t just let that get you down, and you just have to accept that and move on and keep pushing, so I did and found Elaine. She said that, “Your book is going to be a very, very big success, and the publisher said that.” So I was all geared up for the book the day it comes out, and then the reality, of course, is that when the book is published, it’s just a book in a sea, in an ocean of books. And the odds against it becoming a success are astronomically high. So I feel like for me to be here today speaking to you, and everything that has happened, it’s just been a series of really kind of very, very unlikely miracles.