Special DeliveryPosted October 27th, 2011 by Thomas Norman DeWolf
Noon. Monday, October 24, 2011. We delivered our manuscript to Beacon Press in Boston.
Two days before, on Saturday, we concluded a marathon of in-person writing and editing. After two weeks of never ending days, we closed the book on what has been one of the most fascinating and meaningful undertakings in both our lives. We wordsmithed every sentence, page and chapter, commiserating over how to say what; what to keep, what to toss. Late that night, we consigned the final version of our manuscript to a neon green arm band flash drive and wrapped it around Tom’s wrist for safekeeping.
On Sunday, we set out for Boston to deliver its contents in person. We loaded my trusty Jeep for the 233 mile drive, sadly leaving our road dog, Nemo, behind.
On Monday, we gathered in the Beacon conference room with the team responsible for bringing our labor of love to light. We spent hours discussing the content of our manuscript and planning the evolution and promotion of the final product. We decided on a sub-title; selected photos for the dust cover and organized next steps in the production process. With every moment that ticked by on the clock, our book became more tangible.
There is more editing and fine-tuning to be done in order to reach publication. However, the most arduous part is complete. Gather at the Table is no longer something in our heads and hearts; it will soon be born into the real world. Through our writing, our journey will come to life for the readers we hope will flock to book stores and online portals to buy it when it launches in Fall, 2012.
Although the book is done, the healing continues. As you will see when you read it, our lives remain a work in progress.
Monday was a magical day!
Eastern Mennonite University
Harlem Book Fair
Phillis Wheatley Book Award
Post Racial Society
Summer Peacebuilding Institute
Tulsa race riot
Most recent posts
Standing in Ferguson where Michael Brown died
Pull Back the Covers
Working with Corporate America on Issues of Race
Give Gather at the Table for the Holidays, SAVE $$$ & Support a Great Cause!
Gather at the Table authors recite Gettysburg Address for PBS site
Gather at the Table Paperback coming THIS WEEK!
From a Reader: thoughts on Gather at the Table
GREAT deal on the last of the Gather at the Table hardcovers from Beacon Press
Gather at the Table called “brave and compelling” in new YES! Magazine review
Gather at the Table is #1
Most recent comments
Digging Up Dead White People (3)
melissa marraste`: coming from this same family as you its strange and comforting to...
Barack Obama, Fifty Shades of Grey, Louis C.K., and Gather at the Table (8)
isabelle: Thank you for the amazing work you have done
Lawdy Miss Scarlet! (4)
emilywotzka: Wonderful book…completely opened my eyes to the harsh realities of...
Standing in Ferguson where Michael Brown died (2)
Sandra: Thank you. I am from St. Louis County and now, almost a year after Mike...
Alexis: I've seen the documentary Traces of the Trade. I had no idea you guys had...