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A non-fiction book concerning the rise of the Megachurch in American culture and what that means for the future of Christianity.
A non-fiction book concerning the rise of the Megachurch in American culture and what that means for the future of Christianity.
51 backers pledged $1,761 to help bring this project to life.

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Megachurched Update

Hello all,

Wanted to give you all a quick update on the progress of Megachurched. I'll keep this short, but if you want to read the more detailed (re:longer) update, you can check out the official site at http://megachurched.com/wordpress/

I relocated to Tucson, Arizona in December and have been writing like mad since I got here. Something about the mountains I guess. I'm happy to say that I completed a rough draft of the book; 10 chapters along with an intro. As the name implies the draft is a bit rough. There's lot of blank spots to fill in, some research to undertake and a few more visits I want to do while I'm out near the West Coast. 

I crafted an agent query letter last week and I'm now working on my book proposal, which is a bit overwhelming due to the business/marketing aspect, but a great learning experience nonetheless. If anyone has any pointers, I would appreciate it.

So in conclusion:

Good news: First draft of book done

Bad news: Lot more work to go

No one will ever tell you that writing a book is easy, but nothing worth doing ever is. This has been an amazing experience and again I thank all of you so much for making this happen.

Sorry to be so pluggy, but I guess this is what you have to do...please check out the site at http://megachurched.com/wordpress/  It's still a bit rough, but this will be the main conduit for minor updates, thoughts, samples, etc. I'm working on putting up a signup form so you can get automatic updates (still trying to wrap my head around Wordpress)

Sorry, I meant this to be the shorter version

Progress update 7/5/13

Hello out Kickstarterers,  

  Another year has blown by and I wanted to give everyone an update on the Megachurched project. As is usually the case I seriously underestimated how long it would take to complete the travel and research involved, not to mention the writing, editing and so on. Originally I had intended to finish this summer but it looks like it'll be at least another six months to a year before I'm finished.

Currently I am in the middle of chapter four, which focuses on the prosperity gospel. I have completed rough versions of chapters 1-3 and will focus on getting final versions of those over the next couple of months.

In November I am moving to Arizona and will be traveling cross country to get there. On the way I am stopping at a number of megachurches in the Midwest as well as the West. After that the travel portion of the research will be done and I can focus solely on writing and editing.

I want to send out another thanks to all of you for enabling this to happen. It's been a lot of work and an interesting experience but I wouldn't change it for the world. You are all in my thoughts as we get closer to the end.

You can check out further updates and thoughts on the project at http://megachurched.com/wordpress/  I've been posting more frequently in the past months and will continue to do so in the future.

Thanks!

Joel

We did it!!!

We reached our funding goal around noon today!  Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen. It's so exciting to see this amount of support and to reach our goal after only 11 days.

And just to let you know, the project will be up for another 10 days and will still be taking donations. Any overfunding I'll be putting toward the other 3 megachurch trips later in the year. The more funding, the quicker I can get this done.

In the next week I'll be getting the website up to speed, where I'll be keeping a log of the trip, with pictures. Also, follow me on Twitter if you want to be alerted of any new postings.

Here's to the start of an exciting adventure thanks to all of you!

With much love and gratitude,

-Joel

Problems with $35 pledge

Has anyone had trouble when choosing the $35 pledge? A friend told me today that it put her down as $100 when she chose $35. I promise that's not on purpose. Was just wondering if this was a fluke thing or if it keeps happening.