We have secured a really neat place for the launch of Ten Parts in the King! With books set to begin shipping on Thursday, January 25, 2018, we thought a book launch a couple days before would give some of our treasured local supporters and prayer partners first opportunity to hold these beautiful volumes!
We have exciting news: Key of David Publishing is now accepting preorders for Ten Parts in the King!
Orders will be filled starting January 25, 2018, which means you can have it in your mail box very soon after that date!
This is the news we have been eagerly awaiting for a long time. Nine months, in fact. We started this project in mid-April, soon after we heard about Rivkah Lambert Adler’s book, Ten from the Nations. Rivkah inspired us to start working on this projectwhich had been on our hearts for several years. Now, after nine months of labor and eager anticipation, we are at last able to announce the imminent birth of our literary baby!
Click on the button below to preorder your copy of Ten Parts in the King:
Will you be in the neighborhood of Greenville, South Carolina around January 21, 2018? That’s the date we’re considering for our book launch event. We’ll have an announcement about that as soon as we can get the details arranged.
Did you ever think that a simple punctuation mark could cost $10? We didn’t either. Then we took our plunge into the publishing industry!
As we reviewed the proofs of Ten Parts in the King over the weekend, we found a few things that needed attention. It’s amazing what you miss after working for months on a manuscript! For example, everyone knows that you shouldn’t put a “v” in “rabbi,” but somehow we managed to do it. That’s just one of several typos and other corrections we found. We’re happy to say that there were not many, and that the most significant correction was rewriting one sentence that somehow got garbled in our many previous edits. Having satisfied ourselves with the results, we sent the corrections back to the printer on Tuesday. Now we’re simply waiting for news on when the job will be finished. Once we hear that news (and it could be any day now), we’ll be able to accept preorders through Key of David Publishing.
Now about that $10 comma. There is one place in the book where it seemed to make better grammatical sense to add a comma. Then we realized that every page we changed would add $10 to the total print cost. After thinking it over, we decided that such a price was a bit too much for a single piece punctuation mark! Besides, it’s more fun to let our readers make a game of it and see where that comma should have been.
It’s been only two weeks since we sent our manuscript to the printer, and today the proofs arrived!
Just yesterday the printer had asked about four of the images in the book. Since they were not at the recommended resolution for printing, the question was whether we would replace them, or continue with what we had submitted. As we reviewed the images, we decided only one picture might be a problem: a map of the division of Israel according to tribal territories. That potential problem was not enough to stop the process, so we asked the printer to continue with the manuscript as is.
That was yesterday morning. We didn’t expect to see the proofs until next week, so it was quite a surprise to see the smiling UPS man at my door this morning! As of this writing, Pete hasn’t had a chance to see his copy of the proof (that’s one advantage to working at home!), but I have done a quick review. Everything seems to be in order. And that questionable picture? As you can see, that particular image seems to have turned out quite nicely – even better than some of the higher resolution images!
We will take the weekend to review the proofs closely to see if there is anything that needs tweaking. Assuming all is well, the printer tells us the job will take about 4-6 weeks to complete. That means we’re now looking at mid- to late-January as the availability date. We’re a bit disappointed at not having Ten Parts in the King published this month, but perhaps it’s better that way. Now the book will come out after the holiday rush, and we have more time to plan a proper book launch.
Thanks again to everyone who has prayed for, contributed to, edited, and advised us on this project! We are so excited to be one giant step closer to having it done.
The journey is finally over, or more likely, it is just beginning! But, today we are most thankful. Ten Parts in the King went to the printer yesterday afternoon!! In a few days we should have a proof copy in hand to take a quick final look at before the first print run of a scant 2500 copies is ordered.
Honestly, we thought the process would have gone much faster, but the Father’s time and measured steps have been evident at every turn as He has blessed us with
new and relevant information that improved the book,
numerous proof readers with loads of valuable suggestions and input,
editors who saw mistakes and typos we didn’t, and
prayer warriors who stood in the gap lifting this project.
If this book is successful, it will not be because we are special or have any real effect, but it will be because it is time and our Father desires this message in the hands of the many. My secret prayer is 100,000 copies peppering this continent. Pray that with me and watch the Father make some HUGE moves for the Kingdom!!
Today, we’ll relax and enjoy some turkey. We’ll fellowship with family and friends. We may even watch some football, but mostly, I know Al and I will take a relaxed deep breath that the book is finished and we merely wait expectantly for the proof copy. Next week, we can begin planning the book launch, promotions etc. Today, though, we are simply thankful for the great grace and mercy of our King and His timely provisions and blessings.
This is a very short update with some very important news: Ten Parts in the King is now in the hands of the printer!
We find the timing appropriate: just as Americans are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving (a feast which, by the way, has connections to Sukkot), we have another reason to be thankful for all the provision of our Creator. Not only have all the technical details been resolved, but the donations received have covered the cost of the first printing! Once again we offer our deepest thanks to our generous contributors. May the Lord return this blessing to you all many times over!
The next step is to receive the proof copies from the printer and review them for accuracy. Once we’re satisfied with the product, the print run begins, and we’ll know when the books will be available to the public. As that happens, we’ll also be able to start accepting preorders.
We do appreciate your continued prayers. Our hope is still to have the books in your hands before the end of the year. Even though we’re very close to the finish line, we still have a way to go. Every step thus far has been according to our Father’s timing and with His provision, and we expect nothing different as we enter this last stretch!
We’re in that tedious part of the final stages of publication: we’ve done all we can do, and now we’re waiting on other people to do their part. Specifically, we’re waiting on the Library of Congress to issue us a control number. That’s the last thing before Ten Parts in the King goes to the printer. Then we get to work with the printer to make sure the proof is just right, and when we’re all satisfied, the print run begins.
Sounds tedious, doesn’t it? But fear not! Every day gets us one step closer to having this work available to the reading public. In the meantime, we’re gathering our thoughts for follow-on articles on this website. With Ten Parts in the King as the foundation, we hope to present a continuing series of posts to expand on subjects we just didn’t have opportunity to cover adequately in the book.
Keep watching this site! We’ll provide updates as the news comes in. In the meantime, if you’re inclined to help finance the first printing, click on the donate button below. We have had tremendous response in the last two weeks, and are only a few hundred dollars short of the full amount. Thank you to everyone who has helped us get this far!
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We took a major step forward this week with Ten Parts in the King. After months of work, with input from some very dedicated, knowledgeable, and helpful readers, the manuscript is complete!
What’s next? Glad you asked!
This week, we are working with Key of David Publishing to take care of those important legal and financial details to prepare the way for sending the manuscript to the printer. We already have an estimate for the initial print run, and we are very encouraged that it’s about $3,000 – about what we expected. Once we have half of that amount in hand, and have the copyright and other details settled, we can send the job off to the printer. After that, it should take about a month before the book is available.
We have had questions about when we’ll be accepting preorders. We expect to do that as soon as the book goes to the printer. If you are receiving our publication updates, you will be among the first to know!
How long before the book goes to the printer? That is a question you can help us answer!
Key of David is a small publishing company, and doesn’t (yet) have the funds on hand to cover even these modest printing costs. Therefore, we are asking for help from our readers in raising the money for the initial printing.
To donate any amount, please click on the button below: Thanks to generous friends, we already have nearly $1000 in hand. Will you help us go the rest of the way? Join us in this important endeavor by making a donation toward the first printing. Any donations in excess of that amount will be rolled into successive printings. Consider this an investment, not only in Ten Parts in the King, but in the groundbreaking work that is the hallmark of Key of David Publishing!
The last bit of news is that we are thinking about a book launching event or two. We’ll be able to fill in the details of when and where once we have an idea when the book will be published. For now, the thought is to have the book launching either in Columbia, South Carolina or in Charlotte, North Carolina – or maybe an event in each location! Please let us know your thoughts!
There is an account in the scriptures that presents a prophetic picture of this process. It concerns the aftermath of the civil war in Israel that erupted when Absalom usurped the throne from his father David (2 Samuel 15-18). When David’s loyal forces had defeated the rebels in battle on the eastern side of the Jordan River, the king prepared to return across the river to regain his throne in Jerusalem. This is where we find a peculiar turn of events:
Then King David sent to Zadok and Abiathar the priests, saying, “Speak to the elders of Judah, saying, ‘Why are you the last to bring the king back to his house, since the word of all Israel has come to the king, even to his house? You are my brothers; you are my bone and my flesh. Why then should you be the last to bring back the king?’ Say to Amasa, ‘Are you not my bone and my flesh? May God do so to me, and more also, if you will not be commander of the army before me continually in place of Joab.’” Thus he turned the hearts of all the men of Judah as one man, so that they sent word to the king, saying, “Return, you and all your servants.” The king then returned and came as far as the Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal in order to go to meet the king, to bring the king across the Jordan. (2 Samuel 19:11-15)
Why would Judah not reclaim their king? Perhaps because the rebellion against him originated from within Judah; when Absalom claimed the throne, he did so from Hebron, the city of Judah where David first reigned over his own tribe and House (2 Samuel 5:4-5, 15:7-12). Doubtless there was a large degree of shame involved, particularly on the part of Amasa, the Judean commander of Absalom’s army. Nevertheless, the king would not return until his own kin acknowledged him and welcomed him back – something which another son of David said many centuries later:Please click here to continue reading
Roughly three and a half years ago, Al McCarn and I met over the internet. Not long after our friendship began, we shared a telephone call wherein an idea was born. I remember walking along our driveway, phone to my ear, as the sun began to set and we began to discuss the need for a book articulating and defending from Scripture the message of ‘The Prophesied Reconciliation of God’s Two Witnesses.’
The idea didn’t have the title so well articulated, however, it became an occasional subject of collaborative work over the following several years. Then, about six months ago, we sensed the time had come and by the first week of May, we got together to rough out the idea and an outline. Over that weekend we went much farther than we dreamed with two chapters committed to electronic paper and a clear sense of the Spirit in our sails.
In less than eight weeks, despite of some dry writing spells, the Father led us forward to complete a manuscript that is being finalized for publication. The timing and the subject matter could not be more clearly proper. The Father is doing something amazing in our day and we believe Ten Parts in the King reveals the heart of His purpose and plan as revealed in Scripture. Please click here to continue reading