Bart Ehrman, the New Testament scholar, recently released his latest book Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (and Why We Don’t Know About Them).
An article in the Charlotte Observer sheds light on Ehrman’s biography — he calls himself “a happy agnostic,” for example — but this particular sentence got to me:
His last three books, he said, took him two weeks each to complete. And he has ideas for half a dozen more.
Two weeks?! And that includes his 300,000-copies-sold Misquoting Jesus?
When I was writing I Sold My Soul on eBay, it was done in six months. I was told that was relatively fast in the publishing world (it was necessary, though, given the nature of the project and the media attention).
The same person told me most books take 18 months to complete from start to finish.
It takes me that long to read some books…
(Thanks to Deanna for the link!)