AMMON is officially turned in! After some major computer woes that slowed me down, I was able to get through the final edits and I sent it to my publisher on Aug 17. Below, I included the cover letter I sent along with it . . .
I’m pleased to submit my new historical novel based on the life of Ammon, a Nephite missionary who turns down his birthright as a king to serve and teach the Lamanites the gospel.
In approximately 94 BC, Ammon travels with his three brothers and several other missionaries into enemy territory. The missionaries separate, and Ammon is captured along the borders of the land of Ishmael. When he is brought before King Lamoni, Ammon doesn’t preach right away. Instead he sets out to prove his loyalty and desire to truly serve the Lamanite people. When Ammon is confronted by a band of rebels who have scattered the king’s flocks, Ammon is forced to defend his own life, as well as the flocks, and he kills several of the rebels.
The king and his court are astounded at Ammon’s strength and can only assume that someone as powerful as the Great Spirit can defeat so many men at once. Ammon denies he is the Great Spirit, and takes the opportunity to teach King Lamoni the plan of salvation. The king is touched by the Spirit and collapses to the ground, lying as if dead for three days. On the third day, he rises from his sleep and declares all of the joyous things he has been taught of the Lord.
Although a king and a queen are converted and baptized into the Lord’s church, Ammon’s challenges have just begun. Most of the people in the city are reluctant to give up their idols, their temples, their human sacrifices, and diabolical practices. A rebellion rises up within the city, claiming that Ammon is a deceiver and has tricked the king. Ammon must rely on the Lord as never before in order to fulfill his mission and bring souls unto Christ.
Ammon is approximately 100,000 words. Preface, Epigraphs, Chapter Notes, and Bibliography will follow.
Please see attached manuscript. Thanks for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you!
Upcoming Schedule Stuff:
August 21, 2010 - Spanish Fork Seagull Book
2:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. I’ll be signing copies of WOMEN OF THE BOOK OF MORMON and ALMA THE YOUNGER.
Sept 17-18, 2010 - League of Utah Writers Conference
SLC Airport Hilton Hotel in SLC, Utah. I’ll be teaching the Friday intensive workshop with my Precision Editing Group Senior Editors–Lu Ann Staheli, Annette Lyon, Josi Kilpack, and Julie Wright. Topic: “From Plotting to Final Draft: Getting Your Manuscript to Compete”. Registration and updates HERE
Sept 30, 2010 - The Book Academy Conference
Utah Valley University (Orem, Utah). I’ll be teaching a workshop: irport Hilton Hotel in SLC, Utah. I’ll be a workshop: “Life After the First Draft: Steps to Self-Editing”. Registration and updates HERE