On Writing the History of the American Bible Society–Update #106

Cutting 50,000 words from a 203,000 word manuscript is not easy.  No author wants to leave roughly twenty-five percent of his or her book on the cutting room floor.  But this is what I have been doing over the course of the last two weeks. It is all my fault.  I delivered a manuscript to Oxford University Press that was way too long. My editor required cuts and I made them. Surprisingly enough, I think “The Bible Cause: A History of the American Bible Society” will now be better book.  I am, however, going to miss some of the stories that did not make the final draft.  Maybe at some point I will post them here at the blog.

More later…

3 thoughts on “On Writing the History of the American Bible Society–Update #106

  1. Surprisingly enough, I think “The Bible Cause: A History of the American Bible Society” will now be better book. I am, however, going to miss some of the stories that did not make the final draft. Maybe at some point I will post them here at the blog.

    It's become a recent and excellent scholarly custom to set up a website–and reference it in the book–for all the stuff that was cut, and all the endless footnotes that could have taken up space on paper.

    Nothing need be lost here in this Information Age. 😉

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