Monday, July 23, 2007

The end is near and I am so glad

Today I sent my last batch of corrections to my publisher. And if all comes together, my book will be ready to be run by next week.

I should get the prototype in a month and by the middle of September, it should ready for the public.

It's not exactly the easiest thing to self-publish a book. For one thing, you don't have the backing of a publishing house. This means you have write, edit, and market it by yourself.

And I hate the editing process. Everytime I felt my galleys were complete, I would find another way to make my points better or find that I need to make a change concerning a current event (i.e. the death of Jerry Falwell or the dissolution of the Center for Reclaiming America).

And then there is always a point you wished you expanded on further.

For example, there is one controversy regarding Paul Cameron I wanted to cover in more detail.

Cameron has claimed that he was not in fact dismissed from the American Psychological Association. He claims that he resigned from the group before it had a chance to dismiss him.

And he allegedly has a letter to prove this.

Cameron claimed that he wrote a letter of resignation to the president of the APA at the time, William Bevan, and that Bevan accept the letter.

This is not necessarily true.

This link shows what Bevan told Cameron.

It is clearly not an acceptance of a resignation. In fact, Bevan tells Cameron that he forwarded Cameron's letter to APA's executive officer "to arrange the necessary details."

What happened then regarding Cameron's "resignation?" Was the "necessary details" taken care of?

This is not known.

But what is known is that Cameron received an official letter from the APA dismissing him.

What I want to know is where is the letter from the APA as an official body accepting his resignation.

You see at the time of his alleged resignation, Cameron was under investigation for misconduct and APA rules prohibit a resignation while a member is under investigation.

I don't cover this in as much detail as I would have liked to, but how I covered it is sufficient to prove my point. Also, I do have Cameron on record saying that he was in fact dismissed by the APA.

But getting back to my point, I will be glad when this entire process is over.

Trying to get this book out while recovering from that house fire two weeks ago has taxed me big time.

But all I can do is hang in there.