The Chickamauga Campaign: Book update.

Time to check in. The book is nearly done with layout, and will soon go to the printer. Mr. Savas and I did have a conversation today concerning one issue – length. I seem to be a bit wordy. As it stood, the tome was pushing 800 pages. That’s a lot.

For those of you wishing to keep score, Scott Hartwig’s new book, “To Antietam Creek” weighs in at 794 pp – and Johns Hopkins, his publisher, priced the thing at $49.95. That’s a lot.

So we will tweak a couple of things to make sure the product matches the pricing. We are shooting for closer to 700 or 750 pp. We are working on the narrative flow, ending the action with the close of battle on the 19th. This means volume 2 will begin with the overnight conferences in both armies, as they prepare for battle on the 20th. I was conflicted about where to put those chapters, since they are really transitional pieces between the 19th and the 20th. The need to watch our page count helped tip them into Volume 2.

We are also trying to avoid excessive duplication in things like the bibliography. I hoping to to explore a creative alternative to putting the same bibliographic information in all three books – that seems very wasteful. Maybe we will make it abvailable online, or as a download, for the first two volumes. Ultimately, of course, the full bibliography will be in Volume 3.

This gestation has been a lot longer than I expected. But then, the research and writing took damn near 16 years. What else should I have expected? I don’t want to put a time frame on publication just yet, but we are really in the final stages.

I hope this book lives up to expectations. It certainly lives up to mine, and then some, but then, I might be a bit biased.

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14 Responses to “The Chickamauga Campaign: Book update.”

  1. jfepperson Says:

    Dave, my friend, I am damn proud of you for having gotten this done!

  2. Tom DeFranco Says:

    Dave, do you mean John Hoptak, or is there a John Hopkins who took up writing on the ACW? Who’s publishing those books by Hartwig and Hoptak or Hopkins? Many congrats. See you on Friday. Have a great holiday!!

    Tim DeFranco

  3. Zack Waltz Says:

    For the bibliography, I recommend both online and as a download, and then publish it in the third volume.

  4. wgwheeler Says:

    I’ve already pre-ordered through Barnes and Noble – Can’t wait! You should be rightfully proud of all the hard work to get your work to print.

  5. Sir Says:

    Can’t wait. I’ve had it on pre-order at Amazon since December 2013.

  6. Dave Bradley Says:

    I have had both the first two volumes on order for ages. I can’t wait to read them.

  7. Dave Powell Says:

    Mad Irregular Battle is forthcoming, and will cover up to Sept 19. Glory or the Grave should appear in 2015. It will cover the fighting on the 20th.

  8. John Foskett Says:

    Dave: Couple of questions/points:

    What’s the status of Vol. 2? (Good news: I’m not asking about Vol. 3 … yet)

    How about a “main” bibliography limited to materials heavily relied on/”most important” and an online/ downloadable extended bibliography? I’ve seen publishers get creative in this way with bibliographies or source notes. Ted should be able to pull that off and you could probably link it here, as well.

    Isn’t Hartwig’s book bigger dimensionally? I saw the dimensions for yours and I have Hartwig’s – it’s something that i wouldn’t carelessly drop out of a window 🙂

  9. Dave Powell Says:

    The good news is that Glory and the Grave could go into editing tomorrow, if Ted wanted it. It is written, and ready to go.

    We are going to do something downloadable with the bio. The footnotes are pretty extensive.

    Soctt’s book is indeed larger – and I agree, quite the brick.

  10. Christopher Coleman Says:

    Sounds great. Savas Beatie keeps publishing groundbreaking books on the Civil War, especially of the war in the west.

  11. Chris Evans Says:

    This is great news. I can’t wait to read it. I can already tell its going to be awesome.

    Chris

  12. mitch werksman Says:

    Still can’t wait.scott’s book is a big brick but it was worth every penny as I know your’s will be when finally available to all of us.

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