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First Look at the New 60-Second Scholar Series

Below are the covers of the new 60-Second Scholar series. They are now available on Amazon for pre-order, but will only be released May 1. You may recall that Zondervan acquired this series from me, explaining why the old books were retired on Amazon (and now have stupidly high prices attached to them). Each book has been trimmed from 100 short essays to 80.


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Naked Bible Podcast Episode 169: Surviving and Thriving in Seminary: Conversation with Danny Zacharias and Ben Forrest

Ever thought about taking a seminary class? Getting a degree in biblical studies? Even if you haven’t and just want good advice on how to do biblical research on your own, you’ll want to listen in on this conversation. This episode of the podcast focuses on the book by Drs. Zacharias and Forrest, How to Survive and Thrive in SeminaryYou’ll learn a lot about expert resources (some of them free) and some strategy hints for the serious study of Scripture.

The episode is now live.

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60 Second Scholar Books to be Re-published by Zondervan

Many of you have asked about the status of my self-published three-book 60-Second Scholar series. The books are no longer available for purchase on Amazon, and some folks have posted ridiculous prices for used copies. I had to “retire” the series on Amazon because I was in negotiation with several mainstream Christian publishers who expressed interest in picking them up for their own re-publication.

I can now announce that Zondervan has picked up the books for re-publication. The name should be familiar. Zondervan is owned by Harper Collins, and has been a major publishing house in the Christian world for decades. The 100 entries in each original 60-Second book will be trimmed to 80 entries and re-formatted a bit. Zondervan will release the series in May 2018.

This also means that the Logos versions of the series that went up on pre-pub just before negotiations began have been halted. Logos editions of the new series will be produced after the May 2018 launch.

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New Book Series, Editorial and Cover Art Projects

A few days ago I mentioned a new project for which I’d need editorial help. The way is clear now to talk to you all about that. The Go Fund Me campaign for the bibliography has produced funding for a new project. I’ll describe that project what follows and what I’m looking for.

During this past year I was able to produce three book manuscripts. I am going to self-publish them (hard copy, Kindle, and perhaps other formats). I don’t want to wait 18 months for them to be available. I will be licensing their content to Logos, so they will also be available as Logos / Vyrso books.

These are trade books — books aimed at the lay person — not academic books. All three are 100 pages in length in MS Word, since they are arranged as readings for 100 days. Each reading/day is 400-600 words. They are not devotionals. Here’s what they are:

Series: The 60 Second Scholar

Book 1 – The 60 Second Scholar: 100 Maxims for Mastering Bible Study

  • ca. 38,000 words
  • Angle: Get advice from a Bible scholar about studying the Bible
  • This is not a methods book. Rather, I talk about do’s/don’ts, important tools, points of encouragement, truisms, and (most importantly) how to think about the task of Bible study.
  • 60 Second Scholar Book 1 TOC

Book 2 – The 60 Second Scholar: 100 Insights that Illumine the Bible

  • ca. 46,000 words
  • Angle: If you grasped these 100 things about the Bible and its content, you’d understand it a lot better.
  • 60 Second Scholar Book 2 TOC

Book 3 – The 60 Second Scholar: 100 Observations on Bible Doctrine

  • ca. 48,000 words
  • Angle: If you grasped these 100 thoughts you’d be thinking more carefully about Bible doctrine.
  • 60 Second Scholar Book 3 TOC

So what am I looking for? Well, each book needs:

  • A line edit (for clarity and style). To produce these 300 readings while working on other stuff I limited myself to no more than one hour per “day” — so I need a good editor.
  • A careful copy edit
  • Internal book design (nothing fancy, but something that looks professional)
  • A cover (and the covers need to look like all three books belong to each other – a suite – so really one design that would work for all three)

I’m hoping someone out there is looking for PT work from home and has the sorts of skills (and experience) that will help me turn out these books in a timely fashion. They aren’t lengthy projects and the material isn’t dense (no Hebrew and Greek characters, no footnotes with sources, etc.). Now that you have the specs, I’m hopeful I will get some bids on what’s needed. Ideally, the same person would do the editorial for all three, but I’m open to hiring more than one person. I’d like someone who has done this sort of work before for payment and has a resume/portfolio to demonstrate that experience. (Same for any graphic art people with respect to book cover design). I have someone on this end with publishing experience (but none of the above skills) who will help me make a decision on proposals.

If there’s no one out there in my own audience that fits the bill, I’ll start looking at services/editorial job boards (I’ll give it a couple weeks). But I wanted to start with all of you first. Please email me if you are interested.


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