My co-author took the draft of the book to Rav Berland a couple of weeks’ back, and got his blessing to continue with the project. At the same time, we also both got a few steers, in various ways, that the book needed to be changed a little.
For example, it completely blew the mind of my nice, frum proofreader, and her reaction showed me that we have to tone a lot of things in the book down, even though they’re 100% true (and probably already understated…) because it’s just too much for most people to handle.
One miracle a year is about the limit that most people can take. One miracle a page (over 800 pages…) seems to be too much, even for very frum people, so me and my co-author are trying to tone the book down without losing too much of the awesomely miraculous flavor of the life of Rav Berland.
Then, there’s the whole subject of ‘geula’, which is mentioned on a number of occasions in the last part of the book, and which sparked off an apoplectic fit in some Litvish readers who seem to be strangely allergic to any concrete suggestions that Moshiach and geula is actually meant to be something we take seriously.
So again, my co-author is trying to pull more of the Torah sources together to show that even Litvish people are obliged to believe in Moshiach and geula. And that’s also taking some time.
Lastly, there’s also an awful lot of fact-checking still left to do, as we both realized that if there is even the tiniest (inevitable…) mistake or typo in the book, the Rav’s detractors will use that to rubbish the whole work.
So all in all, there’s still a lot of work required to get the manuscript properly into shape.
Everything has its time, and b’ito, Hashem will hasten it.
In the meantime, I finally got my Kindle software to work, and I’ve discovered that the reason my books are barely selling is because hardly ANY books in the Jewish categories on Amazon are really selling.
(Apart from Viktor Frankl, who got a 40 year head start on Amazon and is still reaping the fruit of publishing early.)
To be honest, discovering this information was kind of a relief, albeit it sparked off another existential angst crisis, because I can clearly see that unless Jewish bookstores start carrying my books (which currently looks very unlikely), my chances of making a living as a Jewish author are effectively nil.
So, now I’m mulling over what to do next, and what direction to take.
I really want to get more of the biophysics / electric people / how mental and physical health REALLY works out there in a digestible form, as it's really just yiddishkeit and emuna expressed in scientific terms, and I know it could really change so many people's lives and outlooks for the good. But how to do that, and how to package it all up, I still don't really know.
In hitbodedut, God keeps telling me to just keep going, and somehow or other it will all come out good in the end. As I don’t have any other real options on the table at the moment, it sounds like good advice.
I will keep you posted in the meantime, dear reader, and I’m profoundly grateful to any of you who took the time to read and / or review and / or even buy a book of mine.