My favorite book is Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Part of what makes it special is the detailed world and history he constructed. But I was also in anguish knowing that in the Jewish tradition we have a rich, detailed history that has been mostly forgotten by our children. I wanted to draw on the ancient biblical text, while bringing those stories to life in an exciting way that would be attractive and memorable for young readers, especially for fantasy fans.
I've been working on the concept since 1997 (17 years!). Joshua: Conqueror is the first full length biblical fiction novel to remain true to the biblical text while adding elements of fantasy and adventure for a young adult audience.
It tells the story of a young Boaz, born in the desert during the forty years of Israelite wandering after the Exodus from Egypt. As the tribes of Israel enter Canaan, the Promised Land, under the leadership of Joshua, Boaz discovers he has powers that draw him into the center of the maelstrom of the battles between Israel and the surrounding nations.
The manuscript is complete. Now it needs editing and proofreading. The text needs layout and we need to finish the internal graphics (a genealogical chart and a map of Ancient Canaan) as well as the back cover.
This will be the fourth book I self-publish.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge at this stage is the interaction with the printer. Once the files are approved and sent, it takes some time to make sure the files meet all of the printers guidelines and usually there are various iterations until we get to a final print-ready proof.
After that the printer prints a copy, mails to us and we need to review. Invariably, there are some things that are off or that we missed the first time and can only review once we have the physical proof in hand. We then go through the process again. In my experience, by the second proof, we are ready to finalize the file and go live with full printing.
The biggest delay is usually the mailing of the proof, which can take a couple of weeks.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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