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.