Snippets from The Long Road From Highland Springs

Here is a collection of brief quotes from the Arthur Lough biography, The Long Road from Highland Springs: A Faith Odyssey, which I started posting last April, onCapturee per day, as status updates on my Facebook page. That pattern continued until the snippet from chapter twenty-five was posted in late May. After a three-month hiatus, I have begun posting them on Facebook once again. After a snippet appears there, I will add it to the collection here. The posting of the final snippet, from the epilogue following chapter fifty, should roughly coincide with the release of the book around the first of September. I hope you enjoy this collection of quotes, and I hope they will encourage you to purchase a copy of the book, either in softcover format or as an ebook, after it is published. Continue reading

The Arthur Book: Where Things Stand

The manuscript for the Arthur Lough biography—an autobiographical novel called The Long Road from Highland Springs: A Faith Odyssey—is complete and ready to be printed. I started writing last August and finished the first draft in January. In early February, I Writer at Work (1)submitted that draft to a professional editor for evaluation. Based on suggestions and recommendations from that evaluation, I spent two months revising and rewriting the manuscript. (The excerpts from chapter one that I published last winter as posts to this blog were drawn from the first draft and do not reflect the later re-write, which includes a prologue and new chapters not in the first draft.)

In May, I sent the unedited manuscript to five beta readers. All of them liked the book and encouraged me to publish it. In late May, I began exploring a variety of publishing options, most of which were companies that required me to pay for their services and assume all risks related to sales and marketing of the book. During that process, I consulted a well-known writer who has published several titles using a variety of methods (trade publishers, self-publishers, etc.). In the course of our communications, he advised me to hire a professional copyeditor no matter which method of publishing I ultimately chose. Continue reading