Q & A

Q: I am an agent/publisher and want to know more.
A: You can snoop through my social media (FB, Twitter, Instagram) and contact me through them, or through the contact form on the website. If you are active in Christian writer’s FB-groups, there’s a good chance you’ve seen me there too (if not, let me know which groups I’m missing out on).

Q: I just get to sign up and read these books for free? What’s the catch?
A: No you don’t. Not after June 30th 2019. And that is the catch. It’s about a one and a half year journey with only two new chapters every two weeks, and I only allow free subscribers until June 30th 2019.

Q: You just let anyone sign up back then? Aren’t you afraid someone will steal it?
A: I have been working on these books since 2015, and it’s fairly well documented, so no. I can prove I wrote this. I’m legally covered.

Q: Why should I read your books?
A: Because they’re awesome.

Q: I am signed up. Can I gather the pdfs and read them all at once later?
A: Yes, as long as you intend to actually read it eventually. If you’re just downloading pdfs without reading them, it would be better if you wait until you can buy the books. Then you can buy them, put them on your shelf, and never read them.

Q: I found a typo/spelling error/incorrect use of punctuation!
A: Great! Please hit “reply” on the email you got from me and let me know.

Q: Did you try to get free beta readers with better English than you?
A: Partly, yes. If you are signed up and give me good feedback I will be very grateful. But I also hope to create some buzz around the book and get potential agents or publishers interested.

Q: Can we swap manuscripts? I will beta read yours if you beta read mine?
A: Sorry, I wish I could do that, but I need to use the little spare time I have to rewrite my own manuscript. I have a regular full time job, and a wife and four kids that take up most of my time.

Q: How come you couldn’t find a publisher for the book in the language you wrote originally? Is it that bad?
A: Turns out that being a debut writer, writing two books of a combined wordcount of 160,000 words aimed at Christians in the language of a very small and very secular nation (Sweden) was an unwise move. Who knew?

Q: Will you do this with every book you write, and publish two chapters at a time as you go?
A: No, just for these debut books.

Q: Will you listen to reader feedback and make changes? Will you resend the pdfs after the changes?
A: Yes I will make changes. But, no, I won’t resend anything. You only get the manuscript once. The changes will go into the final (hopefully at some point published) version.

Q: I am a Swedish publisher! Can I get the full Swedish manuscript?
A: No. The rewriting into English is turning out better than ever. The initial Swedish manuscript will never be published. If you wish to publish in Swedish, wait until I have an agent and negotiate about translation rights. You missed your chance. *Makes a dramatic diva-gesture.*

Q: How many languages do you speak?
A: Embarrassingly few. Still only the same three I spoke when I was 18; English, Swedish and Hebrew. I am trying to learn Greek and Arabic, though, and I have some basic knowledge in French.

Q: How often will a new email be sent out?
A: As often as I finish two chapters. No promises!

Q: Which program do you use to write?
A: Scrivener.

Q: You say that “there are mysterious scrolls, supernatural elements, love, betrayal, war and death”. All this sounds awesome, but your book is also presenting Christianity as the truth. Is this just a sneaky way to try to evangelize us non-christians?
A: Yes, but if it doesn’t work, you get an awesome book anyway. Win-win.

Q: Why are you writing this?
A: Because many Evangelical Christians know very little about the historic roots of their faith. Many just read the New Testament and then “jump” to Martin Luther, with little knowledge of what happened inbetween. Especially after Dan Brown’s “the Da Vinci Code”, I think it is vital to show the historical accuracy that is at the basis of our faith, as opposed to the strange sources of the 3rd century that Brown built his book on. I hope for this book to be an exciting story while also being apologetic in nature, giving the reader a strong historic foundation for the validity of the Christian faith. I am also trying to disprove any kind of Christian antisemitism.

Q: Do you have other published authors in your family?
A: Yes! My grandfather, Heinrich Pollack, who fled from Berlin to Sweden in 1939 published his memoirs in German in 2007, “Deine Treue Ist Gross”. His grandfather, Saweli M. Perlmann, wrote a number of books on the Jews in China. He wrote in German, English and Hebrew (first ever book in Hebrew about China, published in London in 1911). My grandfather’s aunt, Erna Meyer, came to the British mandate to Palestine as part of the 4th immigration wave in the 1930s, and wrote for Wizo. She wrote the first ever cooking book in Hebrew (with English and German next to it) in 1936 where she encouraged “zionist cooking”, telling the German Jewish housewives to use local products from kibbutzes rather than importing ingredients from nazi Germany. My sister, Taliah Pollack, is a published author in Sweden, and has written two books. One YA fantasy, and one book about life in Hebron between Israeli settlers and Palestinians, published in 2012 and 2018. My great grandmother wrote books on the Hanseatic league in the area of what is today southern Sweden, and her son, my great uncle, wrote memoirs about living through WW2 on the outskirts of Dresden, published in the 1990s. Do I feel pressure to become a writer? No, not at all…

Q: Which Bible translation are you using in the book?
A: I thought a lot about this, but eventually decided to go with the NIV, due to the easiness of the flow in the English language. My main characters all speak the original languages, and if something comes up where the translation doesn’t align well enough with the original, I will either use NASB or make my own direct translation from the original Hebrew or Greek.

Q: What will you do at the end of this project?
A: Try to find an agent who can pitch this for publishing. If that’s you, hit me up.

Q: I am subscribed, but didn’t like it. Can I unsubscribe?
A: Yes, at any time. But then you can’t go back. I would also be very grateful if you could send me a mail telling me where and why you lost interest, and if there’s anything I can do to fix it. No tiptoeing. Be upfront. I can take it.

Q: Wait, are you Jewish or Christian?
A: Yes.

Q: Who are you exactly, and what are your religious beliefs?
A: I believe in the faith of my Jewish forefathers, and the books that my people created, which is the entire Bible, the Old and New Testaments. Some would call me an Evangelical Baptist Christian Jew. Some would prefer the term Messianic Jew, as I keep the Jewish biblical holidays rather than the Christian ones. To me, however, which label you choose to put on me doesn’t really matter. I was born in Sweden as the grandson of a holocaust refugee from Germany, and I moved to Israel at the age of 13. I am in my late 30s, and I live in Jerusalem with my wife, four children, and eight pets.

Q: How can you believe in Jesus if you’re Jewish?
A: I am 4th generation of Jews who believe in Jesus. It’s more common than many people think.

Q: But the Jews rejected Jesus.
A: Incorrect. I didn’t reject him. My father, grandfather and great grandmother didn’t. The disciples didn’t. Paul the apostle didn’t. Michael Solomon Alexander, the Jewish Anglican bishop to Jerusalem in 1841 – 1845 didn’t. Benjamin Disraeli, Jewish Christian Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 – 1880 didn’t.

Q: But a majority of the Jews rejected Jesus, and reject him to this day.
A: True. And a majority of the gentiles also rejected Jesus, and continue to reject him to this day.

Q: I am an agent/publisher, and I want to publish your book if you shut down this project and stop sending it out for free to people.
A: Email me and let’s negotiate. It’s a closed list of less than 100 people so it’s not “out in the open”. If I shut down this project, we need to create a free e-book to send to the subscribers first. I can’t leave them hanging in the air.

Q: I have found that someone is publishing your book for free somewhere online!
A: Email me right away. The person who does this will be shut off from the project, publicly shamed, sued in court, and whipped by 39 lashes in the closest synagogue.
Wait… that was only in the 1st century. Darn.
But yes, I will take legal action to get it removed from the internet if this happens, and the person will be blocked from the project.

Q: I am a journalist and…
A: Yes, the answer is yes, I’d love for you to interview me for the front page and make me world famous.
Q: That’s not what I…
A: Just book me a flight from Tel-Aviv to your glamorous office in London or New York, and I’ll be there. Email me the details.
Q: I just wanted to…
A: See you in London!

Q: Is there a way to donate to you? Paypal or patreon or something?
A: No, I’m too scared to set up something like that… but if I get enough requests I’ll do it.

Q: Who wrote all these questions?
A: Me. This entire page is essentially just a weird internal monologue with myself. I might be losing my mind.

Q: You are extremely handsome and talented.
A: Thankyou.

If you have additional questions, leave them in comments below.

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2 thoughts on “Q & A

  1. I loved reading through the Q&A and it has me thinking I will love your book as well. While I would love to sign up to read it now, I read so many books that by the time each new installment is sent out, I will have forgotten important details, so I’m going to wait until you have it completed. I do blog about books so when you are closer to a release, let me know and I will do what I can to help get the word out about your book. 🙂

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    1. I completely understand. I prefer ro read in a stretch as well. I am planning to start to query agents towards the end of 2019, so it might be another year or two before it is released.
      I appreciate your interest, and by all means, do follow my blog and my social media. I will update on what happens.
      Thank you so much for your willingness of spreading the word. I will remember it. 🙂

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