Book Update – “The Best Medicine”

My next book, which will be the first one I’ve written about my practice days in Kissimmee, Florida (1985-2001) with Dr. John Hartman is scheduled for release on October 6, 2020. Here’s the cover:

Coming October 6, 2020

Novelist and multi-#1 New York Times best-selling author, Jerry B. Jenkins, has agreed to write the Foreward for the book. He’s the author of the perennial best selling “Left Behind” series. Wow!

I’ve just submitted the manuscript for the first book, and a teaser (the first chapter for the second book). My editor wrote this to me, and I wanted to share it with you all.

The teaser for the next (the second Kissimmee) book that you wrote … wowzers! That’ll get your attention! Readers are going to love it! 

The manuscript came in a bit long, but we love it! As a result, we’re going to increase the projected page count and maybe increase the retail price by a dollar (to $16.99) to allow for some extra storytelling room. 😊 

With those things said, let me give you some more great news! I’ve formally accepted your manuscript and sent it off to Grand Rapids for the next phase of the editorial process. 

What’s next? The file will go through a styling process, which prepares it for typesetting.  It can take a few weeks because that’s kinda like getting a landing spot at the airport.  More than one manuscript is in line for styling.  

After that, your book will come under the loving care of one of our sharp-eyed project editors.  The project editor will oversee the remainder of the editorial process, including copy editing and proofreading … basically, everything related to the inside of the book up until it goes to the printer. 

Sometimes the project editor does the copy editing personally.  Other times, someone from our pool of experienced freelance copy editors will do the actual editing, which the project editor will review. 

Either way…these folks are pros, and while most editing at this stage is more detailed in nature, it’s entirely possible that they’ll spot something in the content that neither of us thought of.  So don’t be surprised if you get questions that aren’t just style and grammar related. 

At this point, I sort of fade into the background.  If you have a question or a concern at any point in the process, though, and aren’t sure whom to contact, start with me, and I’ll either get you the answer or find someone who can. 

It’s been a real pleasure.  This is a GREAT book.  I’ve enjoyed working with you and I’m looking forward to our next adventure together! 

Vicki Crumpton
Executive Editor
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
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2 Responses to Book Update – “The Best Medicine”

  1. Gail says:

    So excited for you! Loved the Bryson books and can’t wait to read these!

  2. Email me at if you might want to help with the launch of this book!

    Dr. Walt

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