Well, since it has been several months since my last post, I thought I would give you an update on how the book is coming. After my last post, I put all 30 of my “BBB” posts together into a single document, which I then edited and expanded. The result was the first draft of my manuscript. It only came out to 63 pages, which was much shorter than I had hoped it would be.
I next decided to insert page breaks after each of the 30 chapters, and this lengthened it to 83 pages, still pretty short for a book. But, I thought I’d give it a shot anyway. In late December, I submitted the document to two Orthodox publishers. Both of them expressed interest in possibly publishing the book, but one said it would need to be at least 120 pages before they would seriously consider it. The two brother priests whom I had asked to read it, Fr. Joseph Huneycutt and Fr. Matthew MacKay (my pastor), both agreed that it needed to be fleshed out, especially in the sections about the books I read that won me over to Orthodoxy. So, I went back to work!
Now, nearly two months later, the second draft is done. The current length is 122 pages, and the book is much more detailed than the blog entries were. As soon as one of the publishers accepts it (if, God willing, this happens), I will send it to them right away. Then, I anticipate that they will edit it and recommend more changes. So, it may be the end of the year before it comes out, assuming that it gets published at all.
Please pray that one of the publishers will accept the book. Also, pray for me to have strength, as I am spending a good deal of time conducting services at St. Anthony the Great Orthodox Church in Spring (mentioned in my blog and my book!), who are currently without a pastor. I will be going there twice in March and several times in April, during which time I will be celebrating all the services between Lazarus Saturday and Pascha. Pray for my family as well, since I will be away from them so much.
On March 28-30, I will be helping lead the SOYO retreat at Camp Cho-Yeh near Livingston, Texas (a little more than an hour northeast of Houston, for you non-Texans). Pray that God will use me to help bless, inspire, and motivate the young people who are at the retreat (including my daughter Audrey!).
I am hoping to begin posting regularly, as I did before I started working on my book in every spare moment. No promises, however! I would like to be a regular writer and to be able to bless you all on a regular basis, but family, work, and church must come first. Thank you for reading. If you are still reading this, why not make a comment and let me who you are, where you live, and anything else you would like to tell me.
May the Lord bless you all.
St Arsenius the Bishop of Ninotsminda
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