Welcome to Book Marketing Buzz. Can we begin by having you tell us a little about your book?
- The Bible teaches that Adam and Eve lived about 6,000 to 8,000 years ago as documented by:
1. The genealogies written in 3 separate places with only 10 generations between Adam and Noah 10 ten generations from Noah to Abram (Abraham).
2. Cain founding a city (the first cities were founded about 8000 years ago),
3. The 8th generation of Adam which contained the fathers of those that worked metal (6000 years ago max), those that kept animals (8000 years ago max, and those that played musical instruments.
- Paleontologists and Archeologists are finding that humans migrated out of Africa about 50,000 years ago (Native Americans perhaps 12-20,000 years ago), and
- DNA researchers say DNA traces homo sapiens to just a single Mother (Eve) that lives perhaps 135,000 years ago.
The book examines modern theories how all these three things can be true, and evaluates leading modern theories showing they all have major issues. The book then proposes a new bold theory to explain how to best explain the above 3 statements.
The book is about 50% bible study and 50% brief summary of current scientific research in a study format with lots of discussion questions – also suitable for small groups.
What is the first thing you did to promote your book once your publisher accepted your manuscript?
I chose Redemption Press to publish the book specifically because they promised that they would later provide a very good way to promote the book in a professional and appropriate manner for the book subject matter.
After that, what happened?
After the book was published, then I contacted Redemption Press again and then they arranged for PrimeStarPublicity to publish the book.
What did your publisher do to promote your book? (ignore this is you’re self-published)
What’s your opinion on blogging? Do you see that it is helping sell your book or is it not making much difference in terms of sales? If you blog, do you blog often?
I do not have a blog or a web site, but it is time I started one. This is odd because my 50 year career with Boeing was as an engineer who was always really into computing. This includes almost enough credits at UCI, University of California at Irvine, to have a degree in Computer Science. However after retirement and a new MA degree from Talbot Seminary, I wanted to lead Bible Studies and worship services and let someone else do what I had been doing for 50 years. (I hope this helps).
I understand using the social networks to promote your books is also an effective marketing tool. What social networks do you use and do you find any of them effective?
I have let my Publicist handle this at the moment. Perhaps my next project needs to be to catch up – perhaps learn from my grandchildren. It is about time. A web site would be extremely helpful.
Besides blogging and using the social networks to promote your books, what other ways are you promoting your book?
Locally a fellow Rotarian, who owns a book store, will have a book signing in January. This should generate lots of local interest.
I have also contacted Biola Christian Apologetics department (I am an MA student there), to have them review the book. This could have significant potential.
If you had to pick just one book marketing tool that you’ve used to promote your book, which would you say has been the most effective?
Hire a professional to market your book – a professional is always the best marketing tool.
humans came to be, what recent fossil records reveal, what DNA reveals, what
science has learned, and what we can learn from a careful and reasoned study of
Scripture. We wish to interpret Scripture as literally as possible, since God
was the real author of Scripture. God also created the heavens and the earth,
and left clear footprints everywhere in nature clearly revealing to all humans
that He did this. There is much passionate discussion among friends, between
believers in the high schools, in the media, from the pulpit, from our
politicians, etc. about both nature and religion. Most teach us today that
science is king; the scientist is the wise one; advances in science and
technology will lead to a better life for all; and careers in science and
technology often pay well. Other people tell us religion is all-important; if
the nation becomes more Christian it will succeed; and a nation that turns its
back on God will surely sink into total failure. The result is a kind of
polarization where religion and science are mutually contradictory, and one is
the enemy of the other. Rejection of God leads to divisiveness.
and Scripture, and they do not conflict with each other, but rather they help
each other to a better understanding of both. It is observed that most people
reject both Scripture and science
somewhat equally. They say they believe in science, but reject global warming,
they reject immunizations, they are not supportive of exploration of space
(NASA), they are against new developments in agriculture such as
genetically-modified food, are against chlorination of drinking water, and are
against even most economic theories. Likewise, most people believe in the Bible
and the Ten Commandments, and literally believe the world was created in six
twenty-four-hour days as they Bible says, but many say evolutionists like
Darwin are from the devil. Our youth read the creation story in Genesis and the
literal six days of creation and this turns them off religion entirely.
takes both Scripture and nature seriously, because God wrote both books. The
heart of the problem is people reject God, and this leads to rejecting equally
both science and Scripture. We believers see only through a foggy mirror. It is
important to be humble about what we do and what we do not know. We read and
think we understand Scripture, but scripture is “living”—it speaks to us anew
each time we read it. Our understandings today are often different from our
understandings when we were young. Likewise, nature is “living” and our
understandings are different from when we were younger. As we age, our opinions
tend to harden, and we tend to become more conservative. We are always
changing, always seeking, always hungry for new dialogue, but it always becomes
more difficult to change. Our society, likewise, is becoming more polarized. We
tend to read and see things that we already believed. When we hear something
different, we somehow process it to reinforce what we believed before we heard
it. Some of the greatest theologians and preachers did not do well in science
and mathematics. Likewise some of the greatest scientists and engineers lack
“people skills.” Perhaps this is because each believer is unique with his or
her spiritual gifts and natural abilities. The scientist has trouble
communicating with the theologian, and the theologian has trouble communicating
with the scientist. This is further compounded by congregations that “hang” on
every word their beloved preacher says; likewise, classroom students that
“hang” on every word the science or engineering professor says. This tends to
build up egos. Suddenly, the preacher knows more about science than the
scientist; suddenly the scientist knows more about religion than the pastor.
This tends to polarize society as people have trouble listening to each other.
concentrate on understanding human origins in Genesis 2-5. Let’s tackle only
one issue at a time, and try to understand it well. The main subject of all of
Scripture is God. The main subject of Genesis 1 is God—see how God created the
world! The main subject matter of Genesis 1 is not the creation, and how God
created the fantastic creation. See how God is the intelligent creator; not
“see how creation was intelligently created by God.” This temporary cosmos will
someday be destroyed by fire, but God and those reborn will live in eternity
with new bodies. Lastly, it is difficult to write anything about science and
religion without later developments proving us wrong. We observe that
bipedalism seemed to suddenly and miraculously appear as hominids seemed to
evolve from chimpanzees, and we used this as somewhat of a proof God intervened
to suddenly create a new species. When a later development finds an
intermediate form, we are embarrassed. This has happened over and over each
time a theologian gets too carried away by scientific specifics.