Want to get some context for this post? Click here.
Yesterday was another long day in front of the computer screen. I wrote a few thousand words and divided my 14,000 word chapter into two. I would ultimately like to have each chapter come in at about 6000 words so I am going to have to do some cutting.
The general narrative of both chapters are complete. I am now in the process of strengthening different parts of the chapters by adding material from notes I took on primary and secondary sources. In the process I am also bulking up the footnotes a bit. While I am trying to write in clear prose for a popular audience, I also want the book to include a scholarly apparatus for those who want to dig deeper into the history of the American Bible Society.
Today I hope to finish the process of adding stuff from my notes to the manuscript and making sure my footnotes are in order. If I can get this done I will be a nice position to spend a few hours a day refining, polishing, and editing next week while I am in Princeton for a Gilder-Lehrman seminar (more on this in a future post).