Random Musings…

Outside my door this afternoon was a box.

I wasn’t expecting any packages, but I read the “from” address… it was from WaterBrook Press. And I got all excited. Grabbed some scissors. Opened it up.

It was a box of books.

24 copies of I Sold My Soul on eBay.

I hadn’t seen the manuscript since December. When I had it in my hands then, it was just pages printed off a computer. There were still some typos that needed to be fixed. Copy editors were still looking it over. If I needed to reference anything I had written, I’d go straight back to the original Word documents on my computer.

Then it was sent off, out of my hands for good. Outside a couple emails with the publishers detailing minor changes that were made, I didn’t hear too much about the writing itself. My part in that whole process was over. I had been working on the book since last summer, so it was a relief to be done.

Then today, this box arrives, and I see the books.

And I realize this sounds strange. But they were real. I was actually holding a copy of the book in my hand…

I’ve had random thoughts in the past about how cool it would be to write a book. Those dreams were usually wedged in between thoughts of adopting Stewie from Family Guy, winning Survivor, understanding the proof to Fermat’s Last Theorem, and other things that sound like fun but will never actually happen in my life.

So I’m excited. I’m proud of how it came out. I hope others will enjoy it. Though, I’ll admit I’m kind of afraid of opening the book because I have this irrational fear of seeing a mistake. Oh well. I’ll get over that soon enough.

It’s still over a month before the book will be released, and at that point, I’m sure I’ll face some heat from people who disagree with what I’m saying and there will be some serious discussions to be had.

But until then, I’ll take in the surrealness of it all.

[tags]atheist, atheism, WaterBrook Press, I Sold My Soul on eBay, Stewie, Family Guy, Survivor, Fermat’s Last Theorem[/tags]

  • http://atheistself.blogspot.com David W.

    I know exactly what you mean, because it’s what I never get. I’m a web developer, which I really enjoy, but there’s no physical product. It’s really rewarding to spend time on something and then actually get to hold it in your hand. I’m overjoyed whenever I finish my rare interactive cd project. I’ve also spent some time doing woodworking, which was also a wonderful experience.

    Congratulations! Aren’t real, physical objects that can be observed, measured, and touched so much better than ethereal, non-corporeal …. uh, wait I’ve switched back over to talk about religion, haven’t I?

  • http://www.blacksunjournal.com BlackSun

    Pre-ordered my copy! :-)

  • txatheist

    I’m happy for you Hemant. One of my long term goals is to write a book.

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  • http://www.whatbox.blogspot.com Jennifer

    That is awesome! :) I have been working on a book off and on for a couple of years. It will probably never be published, but that would be very surreal. Good for you.

  • Devika

    Great job, Hemant! I’m sure you will hold your own in any debate that ensues from the book.

  • Will

    Congratulations! I’m looking forward to reading it.

  • Karen

    Woo-hoo! that’s wonderful! Congratulations. My copy is on order already. :-)

  • http://emergingpensees.blogspot.com/ Mike C

    Very cool! Did my endorsement blurb make the cut for the back cover? :)

  • http://undiscoveredfuture.blogspot.com Rebecca

    Congratulations! What an accomplishment!

  • http://friendlyatheist.com FriendlyAtheist

    Mike– Your comments were including on the first page of the book among other pastors’ words :) Thanks for saying such nice things.

    – Hemant

  • http://www.masala-skeptic.com Maria

    That’s awesome – congrats!

    In a step of extreme irony, you should sell the pre-release copies on Ebay! :)

  • http://emergingpensees.blogspot.com/ Mike C

    In a step of extreme irony, you should sell the pre-release copies on Ebay! :)


    Dude, you totally should!

  • Melanie

    As your copyeditor, I would like to assure you that there are now no mistakes in that manuscript.

    As a realist, should you find any, let us know and we’ll correct it on second printing. No worries.

    I want to meet you someday. Your book is the best I’ve read since working here, and I go through about three a month.

    :) mel