|Current ABS Headquarters--1865 Broadway, New York City|
At the time I checked into the hotel (or the "undisclosed location" as I described it) I was in a real writing funk. I just could not get started on this project and I was doubtful that my weekend writing binge would be successful. I thought that sharing what I was doing online through my social media outlets would help me stay accountable during the weekend. Soon people were sharing my updates and cheering me on. I found this a useful motivational tool, not unlike the dozens of writers on Facebook who regularly participate in the GraftonLine Challenge.
Over the course of the next year I have another writing challenge before me. As some of you know, I have agreed to write a history of the American Bible Society (ABS). The ABS is celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2016 and I am working with the organization to produce a volume. As I wrote in a previous post, I have complete academic freedom to write the book the way I want to write it and the ABS is not paying me to do the project. I also get to pick the publisher (which means that I have to find one who will want to publish the book). Here's the catch: in exchange for some research help and full access to the ABS library and library staff, I have promised to have the book in print by the
I am probably crazy for taking this on, but I need a challenge in my life right now. Moreover, I think this is a great opportunity to write about an organization that has had a profound impact on American religious life.
So in order to keep me on track and accountable, I have decided to write a daily post (except Sunday and blog vacations) on my research and writing progress throughout the year. I think this self-imposed requirement will be a great motivator.
I also hope that my journey might prove to be educational for the readers of this blog. I will try to cover all aspects of the book process--from research to writing to landing a publisher (let's hope!), to bringing the book to press. Stay tuned--I think it's going to be a wild ride.