December 5, 2012
While I'm still introducing myself, let me say a word about IVP, the organization I work for. That's short for "InterVarsity Press," and since I don't want you to become confused, a little cheat-sheet of things that IVP does not stand for might be helpful.
"IVP" can sometimes stand for any of the following things -- but not here at Behind the Books!
And especially not:
...whose three-letter Twitter handle, @ivp, not to mention their billions, I covet on a daily basis. (The Lord's not finished with me yet.)
If you don't already know about the real IVP, what I'll often call simply "the Press," I encourage you to check us out. We're connected with the nationwide campus ministry InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and we've been publishing thoughtful Christian books since the late 1940s. Just poke around on our homepage if you want the quickest look at the kind of things we publish.
If you're a sucker for whole books about publishing, though, I recommend our Heart. Soul. Mind. Strength.. It's an unashamedly anecdotal history of the Press written by -- and perhaps (sigh) mostly for -- insiders. But in this case "anecdotal" means "enjoyable." It's a great read for anyone interested in publishing, 20th-century evangelicalism, or both.
In fact, would you like to read it? The first two people who leave a comment asking for one will get a free copy. (But if you're too slow, you can always buy it, you know.)
Speaking of books about authors and publishing, that might become something of a theme here at Behind the Books. For instance, I've got some things to say about Garry Wills's Outside Looking In, for instance, which I'm hoping to write up. Any other books about publishing or authorship you'd particularly recommend to my attention?