I just finished reading Christopher Rollston’s latest book, Writing and Literacy in the World of Ancient Israel, wherein he makes the case (among several related cases) that literacy in ancient Israel was almost exclusively confined to an elite, educated class, and not something that your average Jacob and Rachel Israelite could handle. It’s a wonderfully informative book, but—although non-technical—still presumes
. . . is not nearly ready. But I just printed out the last draft that I will edit before sending it off to my editor in a couple of weeks. And here it is. At least you can see the title. I covered up the subtitle. On purpose. With a pen. So you couldn’t
Yesterday, I had a 2-hour phone publicity and marketing conference call with the good people at HarperOne. To the best of my recollection, this is pretty much how the meeting went (except over the phone and only up to 1:42).
I tell myself this several times a day. A friend sent me a link to Steven Pressfield’s website and this article posted 2 days ago: “Resistance and ‘Hooks.’” A lot of you may know Pressfield. He wrote, among other things, The Legend of Bagger Vance, and a book that jumpstarted my writing like none other, The War
I’m asked from time to time how I went about finding a literary agent and the whole “pleasepleaseplease publish my book” process. So I thought I’d say it in a brief blog post so I can refer to it when asked. The process isn’t complicated, but it’s time consuming. What helped me most was contacting people who were already doing
I’m now reading for the second time in 4 months an amazing book by Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles. Pressfield is probably best known for being the author of The Legend of Bagger Vance. I’m reading the book–again–because I am having trouble breaking through
Taking a small break this morning from my usual blah blah blahing about the Bible and such, this post about the present (and future) of book publishing might be of interest to you. This post appeared on the Creative Trust Literary Group website a few months ago, which is the agency I signed on with last
I really don’t think of myself as a writer. I’ve written a bunch of books, but that doesn’t make me writer. It just means I type a lot. Writing is different. I know good writers, and they intimidate me. They think about what they are going to say, organize their thoughts, use adjectives, and spell-check, all the things I don’t want to