Friday, August 08, 2014
Monday, May 26, 2014
Here's My Author's Website
Copy editing is coming to a close. Galley proofs and indexing are on the horizon. Marketing and promoting Moroni and the Swastika will become much more important in the coming months. Here is my author's website:
Monday, February 10, 2014
My Manuscript is on its way . . .
|. . . five days early!|
Monday, January 13, 2014
Success! A Book Contract.
Monday, August 19, 2013
From Dissertation to Book, Step 3: Peer Reviews!
Saturday, June 15, 2013
From Dissertation to Book, Step 2: Submit a Book Proposal
Each editor assured me it was permissible to sound out multiple presses simultaneously; publishers want exclusivity when they start spending money, such as in the peer review stage.
My hopes are up, but I'm ready to have them deflated. Getting published will not be easy. But I take my encouragement from a statement by Pulitzer Prize winning author David Halberstam: "What makes a best seller? It's a book that burns in your belly . . . something that has to be written before you can do anything else."
This desire definitely burns in my belly. We'll see how it stimulates others.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
From Dissertation to Book, Step 1: More Research!
|Yale Hall of Graduate Studies|
While writing the authorized biography of Mormon Apostle J. Reuben Clark decades ago, Professor Quinn enjoyed unprecedented access to the First Presidency Correspondence Files, a privilege granted to few scholars. There is some interesting correspondence there concerning the Mormons' dealings with the Third Reich, especially with regard to the few Jewish converts who sought their adopted church's protection in escaping the Holocaust.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Graduation Day, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
My committee believes that I have the basis for a high-quality academic book. My dissertation will not be available for public viewing for a period of two years in order to give me the opportunity to seek a publisher. Thereafter, it will be available for worldwide electronic release though Texas A&M's library and through ProQuest Dissertation Services.
I am most grateful to my dissertation adviser, Dr. Arnold Krammer, and to committee members Chester Dunning, Walter Kamphoefner, Peter Hugill, and D. Michael Quinn. The latter was a special appointee to my committee who graciously traveled from his home in California to Texas for my preliminary and doctoral examinations.
I am also very grateful to my loving wife, Ruth, and my children: Brittany, Kyle, and Megan, who supported me all of these years.
Monday, February 15, 2010
A Chapter. A Chapter. I Finally Finished My First Chapter!
I'm so lucky to have such a patient, encouraging committee chairman. Anyone who gets to work with Dr. Arnold Krammer of Texas A&M's History Department is indeed blessed. He's the consummate gentleman professor, and still a very productive scholar, as well a reputed and esteemed teacher. When we met for lunch to turn in my first installment, he carried galley proofs from his latest book. At his station in life, a distinguished senior professor, he could stop writing and publishing and nobody would be critical. But that's not in his blood, and fortunately his gentle prodding got me back on track.
With any luck, I'll graduate with my Ph.D. in December, and my precious wife Ruth will walk the same stage upon completion of her bachelor's in construction science. It has been a long road for both of us, and we still have challenges ahead. But we're both going to make it!