Friday, December 18, 2015

On Writing the History of the American Bible Society--Update 117

I think the manuscript is finally out of my hands.  The next time I read it will be in book form.  The Bible Cause: A History of the American Bible Society will appear in print in late March 2016.

About twenty minutes ago I submitted corrections to the book's galley proofs.  I made over 100 changes to the manuscript (mostly spelling and other small errors).  I always try to get as many folks as possible to read the galleys.  This time around I had two of my most trusted research assistants--Katie Garland and Katy Kaslow--read them over.  Oxford University Press also hired a professional proofreader.

Hitting "send" on an e-mail with the galley corrections attached is always a bit nerve-wracking.  Did we catch all the mistakes?  Or will we be embarrassed when the book appears?  Only time will tell.

It is now time to start thinking about publicity.  We are promoting this book in several ways:

1.  The American Bible Society will be connecting me with Christian media outlets.

2.  Oxford University Press has two publicists working on the book in conjunction with the publicity team at the ABS.

3.  We are scheduling speaking engagements for Spring 2016 and beyond.  If you are interested, let me know.  We are targeting colleges and universities and churches and religious organizations.

4.  We are thinking about appropriate media outlets, websites, and blogs for short written pieces related to the content of the book.

All of this is coming together nicely.  Stay tuned.