editing is no fun

I need to cut back on my blogging (and blog reading). I have to edit 2 books for L2 Foundation; both are compilations of papers presented at events that we’ve hosted — one on Asian American youth ministry, one on Asian American theology. Editing has been more time-consuming than I had anticipated. We’re planning to self-publish using a print-on-demand service, to skirt the problem of market pressures from traditional publishers, and make these valuable resources easily available. And then if there’s overwhelming interest, we can upgrade to normal publishing and distributing channels and get a 2nd edition professionally edited. I set an overly-ambitious schedule to go to print in Q1 2006. The publish date might need to slide for sanity sake.
Before I go dark, I’ll refer you to Redeemer’s Vision Campaign (aka Tim Keller‘s church) that happened in Fall 2005, and they’ve generously made available their notes and sermons online. Listen to them for hours of inspiration, insight, and possible life transformation from listening to some high-octane reflections on life in the city.

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6 Responses

  1. Daniel says:

    Welcome to the world of publishing! (I never thought I’d be working for the publishing industry). I don’t do too much actual editing myself but what editing I’ve had to do is certainly not the most enjoyable work at times.

    Don’t cut back on the posts too much. They’re always insightful and engaging to read.

  2. Ruben says:

    you get that book published and I’ll be sure to pick it up!

  3. Andrew says:

    I understand how blogging can become very time-consuming, and can drain energy from other writing projects. I also need to cut back, but we all seem to have this sense that our audience needs us and we would hate to let them down, right?

    Peace,
    AC

  4. Tom says:

    I’m looking forward to those books as well! Any chance that you’ll write your own book soon? It looks like you’ll have gained much more experience after this process is done!

    Peace,
    Tom

  5. Tracey says:

    Those books sound great. I’m looking forward to them. How will they be available.

    Also, thanks for the link to the Redeemer sermons. I’ll definitely have to check those out.

    Thanks,
    Tracey

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