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Most happy to touch base with today’s #ASOPP update. You see, we’ve passed a major milestone on the trek to getting this book into the hands of the citizens of the world: internal layout is complete.
If that means nothing to you, you’re probably not in publishing. Until a year ago, it meant nothing to me. Many (many!) of you have asked me over recent months why the process is taking so long, and “…why can’t I have my copy right now??” I’ve learned as we went along, too. The incomparable Morgan James Publishing team and my legendary agent, Michael Ebeling, have patiently walked me through this process all the way back to front cover design. I’ve tucked that cover into this article for everyone’s viewing pleasure.
Let me describe what you’re seeing in that image, and then we’ll get back to the story of today’s milestone…
As you will read in the very first pages of Powerful Peace, I was deployed to a Middle Eastern, Arab country to train local national SEALs in the months leading up to 9/11/01. The photo of me on the front cover was taken on September 4, 2001, as is visible in the original date stamp on the bottom right. Seven days later, still living and working with our hosts, we all watched live via satellite TV as the 9/11 murderers slaughtered thousands of innocent men, women and children. We sat silently together, ten Arab SEALs and ten American SEALs, during the first three hours of that horrifying spectacle.
I’ll offer a small teaser here, to give you a taste of what this meant to us and of what you’ll read in the beginning of the book. We on the American side had chosen one of the toughest careers among all the military services of the world. We had sacrificed many years of comfort, family life, and safety, in preparation to defend our nation in her hour of need. Now we sat in a little room on the other side of the planet, watching as the most despicable and ungodly men slashed women to death with razor knives and committed suicide in a delusion that any God, anywhere, could approve that wholesale butchery of human beings.
This was a difficult moment. I don’t shy away from sharing the intensity of that moment in those first chapters of Powerful Peace, because the hatred that seared us personally serves as a useful teaching point in understanding why “balanced peacemaking” or “applied smart power” is so critical in any effort to prevent conflict. Neither pure pacifism nor wanton warmongering can move our species forward. And the fact that my friends in that host camp looked, spoke and prayed like the monsters on those airplanes is equally useful. Despite superficial and cultural similarities, my friends would have eagerly taken first blood from those cowardly bastards. The 9/11 attacks damaged many people around the world in various ways. The destructive impact on the Muslim community has been profound and many-faceted.
Now I need to take a step back from a quick upswelling of outrage and simmer down. Moving on from the cover, which took us some time to develop, the internal layout has proven to be another major hurdle in the overall process of making Powerful Peace ready for the world. To be completely honest, my writing was usually behind schedule. This is a tough topic! Add to that my general lack of administrative acumen, and just getting the manuscript back to Morgan James was an ordeal. In the end that came together, though, and for the past few weeks we’ve been working via email to tighten up a compelling, readable format to help you stay engaged. Tonight I sent over my final approval.
That brings us to the final stage: back cover. It shouldn’t take long for our designer to develop an equally appealing look, using the general theme and color scheme of the front. She’ll be blending in our back cover “copy” (the catchy summary of the book’s contents to convince browsers to sit down and read it) and short “blurbs” (endorsements) from Congressman Wittman, Fran Townsend and Reza Aslan.
And then…and then. And then we’re ready to convert it to Kindle, Nook, iBooks, etc and make those available to you! Immediately when that’s done, or concurrently with the eBook formatting, orders will go to the printers to start blasting out thousands of copies and Amazon will finally be able to start shipping all of your pre-orders. What’s that? You weren’t part of the pre-order tsunami that compelled the acceleration of Powerful Peace from October to June? It’s not too late! Click into the “Amazon” button at the top of this page and you can pre-order as many as you want at drastically reduced introductory discount.
And that’s it! Do I know the date you’ll get yours? Yes. It’s still ”ASAP.” Thank you for walking through this amazing process with all the rest of us in the Powerful Peace phenomenon. We stand on the precipice!