On the tenth anniversary of joining ATS, I posted an “Index” thread [Ten years of Bible Threads and other stuff
) of the various themes that I’ve been covering in the Theology forum. I remarked that I’d
already begun re-casting them in book format, with a view to eventual publication.
Well, the re-casting has continued. I can claim to have ten complete or fairly complete manuscripts ready for an enterprising publisher, though a
couple of others have hardly been touched.
Just over six months ago, I registered on a website for “Christian Book Proposals” and presented three of them, followed by another three a couple
of months later. There was a “cunning plan” in the timing of these things. I had been noseying around in the “Publishers” section of the site,
and discovered that publishers get a monthly report of new arrivals. On the assumption that this happened at the beginning of the month, I thought my
name would get more attention if it was attached to a batch of three a couple of times.
(Hmm. I see that Word does not recognise “nosey” as a verb. Never mind.)
In fact, after six months, the traditional publishers were not biting. I don’t suppose the market would be very buoyant in these times, not enough
to encourage them to be adventurous. So I renewed the first three at the end of six months, but in two cases I ticked the box that said
“Self-publishing firms may contact me”.
Sure enough, somebody contacted me a few days later expressing interest in those two books, namely the survey of Revelation and the survey of Song of
Solomon. (I don’t want to call them “commentaries”, because the term raises expectations which I don’t try to meet.) I sent them the two
manuscripts, and their “Acquisitions” department were delighted to “accept” them only a couple of hours later. This was fast reading, so fast
that it rather gives the game away. But my own opinion of those works is pretty high (I know when I’ve been writing well), so their good opinion was
at least plausible.
I don’t think I’ve got any choice. This is not just a hobby. For me, the option of “not bothering to publish” is not really available, So
I’m going to go ahead with the very expensive project of getting the firm to publish these two books. I’m hoping to report from time to time on
the things that are happening in the process.
At least I’m being promised proper marketing and distribution. It isn’t one of those firms that will get the book printed and leave the author to
do the rest for himself. My theory is that the book on Revelation is such an outstanding work that people will get it when they know about it. And
once they know about “DISRAELI” from that book, they will be curious about other stuff from the same source. This could be the key that opens
They are hoping to present the books at the National Religious Broadcaster’s Convention in Nashville in March. I was a little worried when I read
the odd jargon phrase “there will be signage including your books”. What was that supposed to mean? At first glance, I thought they were expecting
me to be there signing copies. Obviously that would have been a massive headache. I’m on the wrong side of the Atlantic. As far as I know, I’m
banned from entering the U.S. at the moment, and when the ban’s lifted there would still be complicated state-level restrictions on my movements.
It would have been a headache anyway, without the virus, because I haven’t even held a passport since 1969. I would not have known where to start in
organising formalities and getting documented, arranging flights across the Atlantic, getting myself across the America and finding accommodation in
America. Anyway, I’ve read about what happens to elderly Englishmen visiting America. They innocently set off crossing the street at a convenient
gap in the traffic, get jumped upon by two or three burly muggers, and find themselves in court on charges of jaywalking and resisting arrest.
I was much relieved when I re-read the sentence and worked out the real meaning; the names of the books would be mentioned on signs.
Then I noticed another worrying expression; “multimedia presentation”. Let me see; that means “video”, doesn’t it? Where are they going to
get any relevant video? I can see the unnerving possibility that they will want my face in front of a camera, or at least a webcam. I don’t want to
do it. I’m a writer, not a talker. These are complicated shoals to navigate.
We’ll have to see how it goes
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