By Steven Pressfield | Published: April 9, 2014
I never talk about a book while I’m working on it. It’s bad luck. The Muse doesn’t like it.
That’s why, although I’ve been working for the past three years on a project that’s been all-consuming for me, I haven’t offered a peep on this blog.
But now the book is done. It’s in production; the first finished copies are coming off the presses now. The Lion’s Gate: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War will be published by Penguin/Sentinel on May 6.
Now that the book is finished, I’m gonna become a blabbermouth. I’m going to write about it here on the blog. We’ll start next week. Posts will appear on Mondays and Fridays (Writing Wednesdays will continue uninterrupted each Wednesday, after the initial kick-off post next week.)
The Lion’s Gate is a non-fiction book about the Six Day War of 1967, the war that re-drew the maps of the Middle East and laid the foundation for most of the turmoil that has been roiling that region—and the world—ever since. But it’s a lot more than that for me. I’ll start talking about that next week.
Beyond the subject matter of the book, I’ll get into detail about the writing process. It’s okay to do this, I believe, as a means of helping my fellow-artists-in-the-trenches, of demonstrating for their benefit that I’m just as nutty as they are, and that my way of working is just as crazy as theirs.
I’ll write about what I did with The Lion’s Gate and why I did it—from conception of the idea to finding the theme, to working with Shawn both as agent and as editor, foolscapping the structure, putting together a Book Proposal, finding a publisher, making a deal; then researching, writing, re-writing, editing, and finally through marketing, promotion, publicity, etc.
The Lion’s Gate was a monumental personal test for me. In many ways it’s the book I’ve been avoiding writing for my whole life. I’ll start talking about that next week too.