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Earth-Shattering Announcement! 23 Days Until My First Novel!

Have you ever seen so many exclamation points!  Have You! !!!!!!  (!!!)

I’m very excited, if you can’t tell. Here’s why:

I’ve written a novel that will (if all goes well with Amazon) be released on April 1, 2010. This will also be a great way for us all to celebrate World’s Strongest Librarian’s one year birthday.

The video below will give you the non-epic but very heartfelt history of how I came to write the book. After the video, there’s a link to chapter one if you just can’t wait (or you need the advance warning!)

Here’s Chapter One in a super fancy PDF:

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Woo woo woo woo!

The Knot_chapter One


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  • Cali @caligater March 8, 2010, 1:35 am


    • Josh Hanagarne March 8, 2010, 10:31 am

      What does “squeeee” mean? Are you all right?

  • Bamboo Forest - PunIntended March 8, 2010, 1:40 am

    Congratulations! That’s quite the accomplishment. Hope it does really well.

    • Josh Hanagarne March 8, 2010, 10:32 am

      It’s a pretty big book, and finishing it was a great feeling. the best part was, I only wrote 1-2 pages a day, but I did it consistently. And soon there was a gigantic stack of pages to edit. Letters, then words, then sentences, then paragraphs, and that it.

  • Matthew Needham March 8, 2010, 1:48 am

    Sounds amazing Josh. To have a book published is fantastic. Good luck!

    • Josh Hanagarne March 8, 2010, 10:33 am

      Self-published, remember! But fantastic nonetheless. I’m very excited that I’ve got a platform to speak from so that this can be out there and reach people, for better or worse, rather than just hogging space in my hard drive.

  • Eric | Eden Journal March 8, 2010, 6:43 am

    Just read through chapter one. I really enjoyed it. It sucked me in from the very beginning and that’s a great way to start a book. I’ve read many books that take a while to get going. This book starts with a bang. A loud bang, like being shot out of a cannon into a whirlwind of a story. I look forward to the April 1 release.

    • Josh Hanagarne March 8, 2010, 10:33 am

      Thank Eric. I’m quite confident that is is the strangest book I’ve ever read.

  • Hillary March 8, 2010, 8:47 am


    That is so exciting!

    Good for you 🙂

  • Joy Tanksley March 8, 2010, 9:07 am

    Hey Josh. I can’t watch your video right now because I’m with my students. Did I mention I’m an 8th grade English teacher? I just read the first three pages of your novel and can’t wait to have time to read more. I am a lover of words and you are really crafting some gorgeous and powerful sentences. In just three pages you have already developed two of your characters quite deeply, which is somethng that is critically important to me as a reader. I am so excited for you. My warmest congratulations.

    • Josh Hanagarne March 8, 2010, 10:34 am

      Thanks Joy. “Gorgeous and powerful” sentences. I’m going to get that in a tattoo on my typing hand:)

      • Joy Tanksley March 8, 2010, 11:38 am

        he he he! Keep in mind that I spend hours poring over the writing of 13-year-olds, so it’s nice to read someone who is a little more skilled at the craft!

        Just finished your chapter. WHERE is this going? OH MY! 🙂

  • Srinivas Rao March 8, 2010, 9:18 am

    Congrats Josh. That’s awesome. Look forward to reading it.

  • ami March 8, 2010, 9:40 am

    Congratulations on finishing such a big project. I read the excerpt – you do a great job developing the characters – I’ve got a clear pic in my mind of all the characters, what they look like and a good hint of their foibles, and they are all distinct. The mean kid at the beginning got to me.

    • Josh Hanagarne March 8, 2010, 10:35 am

      That mean kid will be dealt with eventually, don’t worry. He’s actually kind of sweet.

  • Anne Bender March 8, 2010, 9:45 am

    I am excited! It sounds like it’s going to be a great read [regardless of it’s hiccups]. Congratulations and count me in! 🙂

  • Jenny March 8, 2010, 10:31 am

    Awesome. Can’t wait Josh! Congrats!!!

    • Josh Hanagarne March 8, 2010, 10:38 am

      Jenny, you, goofy you, in particular might really get a kick out of this.

  • Mark Wilson March 8, 2010, 10:39 am

    This is great Josh. I’m buying it. Way to go dude, I know this is the first of many great books that you will produce.

    • Josh Hanagarne March 8, 2010, 12:30 pm

      Mark, my goal is to sell one billion copies in the first hour. Your commitment will be a huge help!

  • Susan Giurleo March 8, 2010, 10:41 am

    Congrats, Josh! Such a great accomplishment and inspiring to those who also struggle with Tourette’s…. Enjoy what comes with being a published author :-).

    • Josh Hanagarne March 8, 2010, 12:29 pm

      I will, although the perks of being a self-published author might be negligible:)

  • Mac Wrigley March 8, 2010, 11:41 am

    Looking forward to this, Josh. Congratulations!

    • Josh Hanagarne March 8, 2010, 12:29 pm

      Thanks Mac. YOU will definitely get a kick out of it.

  • Jodi Kaplan March 8, 2010, 12:16 pm


    • Josh Hanagarne March 8, 2010, 12:29 pm

      I hope there’s still cause for celebrating when it comes out and people hate it:)

  • Larissa March 8, 2010, 12:18 pm

    Whoa! Congratulations, Josh! 😀

    • Josh Hanagarne March 8, 2010, 12:28 pm

      Thanks Larissa. Ethan just got his first guest post sent to me for Lego Master.

  • Randy March 8, 2010, 12:39 pm

    Congrats Josh. The Colonel’s secret to happiness…true wisdom.

  • Michael Stagg | My II Sense March 8, 2010, 2:18 pm

    Congrats Josh!

    I just finished reading the 1st chapter and I’m diggin’ it so far. Kylie is a little firecracker! LOL Can’t wait to read the rest.

  • We Fly Spitfires March 8, 2010, 2:32 pm

    Fantastic, Josh!!!

    Is it an eBook or a hard/paperback? And is it available to those outside of the US?

    • Josh Hanagarne March 8, 2010, 2:35 pm

      Gordon, it will be a paperback. If Amazon ships to outside of the US, then yes. If not, I’ll be happy to mail you a copy.

  • Blaine Moore March 8, 2010, 3:04 pm


    That’s gotta be a great feeling. Are you publishing it through CreateSpace?

  • Casey March 8, 2010, 3:12 pm

    How/Where can I pre-order this?

    I am not blogging at the rate I once did (new job hurray!) but I will try and read this in a hurry and review it once its available.

  • Ilaria March 8, 2010, 3:14 pm

    Hi Josh, it’s been a while since I commented, but I read everything you write and watch all your videos. I just wanted to mention to you that since you’re publishing through Amazon you should definitely, especially if the book is long, ask them to also put out a Kindle version!!!!
    I have a Kindle and I ride the subway every day, so I download especially thick and heavy books on it. It has not stopped me from buying “real” books and it won’t. Plus, the idea of having a signed copy with an incredibly clever inscription to me is so exciting that I definitely will want a hard copy of this, but I want to help you maximize your potential sales.
    Do let me know what you think of this. I am a librarian too, heretofore unemployed but now actually working as a librarian, the world’s second strongest librarian (damn, the spot of first was already taken by this dude with Tourette’s can you believe it?!?!?!), so I care about books as much as the world’s strongest librarian, but I also believe that anything that encourages, facilitates, fosters reading is a good thing, so go, Kindle, go.
    Lots of love and I am just about to settle down and read chapter one. Maybe I’ll come back and comment again after. Oh, btw, another thing that makes you Kindle-friendly is this offer of the first chapter free. All Kindle owners can download the first chapter of any book for free, and if it’s good, almost all of them download the book.

  • Ilaria March 8, 2010, 3:39 pm

    Hi again, Josh. All I’m going to say is this: if I had read this free chapter on my Kindle, I would already have downloaded the book. 🙂
    But I will be patient and wait for the opportunity to get a signed and cleverly inscribed hard copy.
    Love and hugs,

    • Josh Hanagarne March 8, 2010, 6:44 pm

      Thanks for the heads up. This is all very new to me and I’m still setting up with Amazon, so I’ll see what I can do about the Kindle version.

  • Kris Wragg March 8, 2010, 5:11 pm

    Read the first chapter, a bit mad, but interesting.

    I’ll have a signed copy please 🙂

  • Kosmo @ The Casual Observer March 8, 2010, 7:48 pm

    Very cool. My own novel (murder mystery) has been pushed to the back burner a bit by the demands of a new baby, but your success has me chomping at the bit to get re-started (I’m only at about 6K words – shorter than some of my short stories.)

    I’ll read yours once the aforementioned baby (and his sister) are asleep.

  • Nick Saari March 8, 2010, 9:43 pm

    Wow! Been reading your posts since my brother-in-law met you in Minneapolis for the Adam T. Glass event. Congratulations on your accomplishment. Your wholesome blog has inspired the creation of my own. Look forward to reading your book!

  • Justin Matthews March 8, 2010, 10:46 pm

    Congrats Josh, you are rocking it! I will be publishing books sometime in the near future! Thanks for being so inspiring!
    Ps does every one get those RKC bucket hats when they complete the Cert?
    We still have to go to lunch…

    • Josh Hanagarne March 9, 2010, 11:06 am

      You have to buy the hat at the cert. Send me an email and we’ll get together for food!

  • Sid Savara March 8, 2010, 11:33 pm

    Hey Josh,

    That’s fantastic man.

    I loved the excerpt – jumps right into the novel and grabs my attention right away and doesn’t stay on any topic too long. Not that I have a short attention span or anything …

    While I’m sure more discerning minds may have picked up on something else, the line that had me snort water across my keyboard was this:

    Stoker passed several tearful hours in his small bedroom, alternating between prayers to God: “Please kill him!”—and the Devil: “Please kill him!”

    LOL. Copying and pasting it makes me smile ;).

    That and the confederate sword apple skewer

    • Josh Hanagarne March 9, 2010, 11:05 am

      Thanks Sid. One of the most fun things about this has been reading the book again. I had forgotten about 99% of it. there are lines on every page that make me laugh, and lines that make me groan and wonder why I ever thought I was clever.

  • Jenn March 9, 2010, 12:35 am

    Congratulations Josh. My motherly side is so proud of you even though I’m not your mom. 🙂

    • Josh Hanagarne March 9, 2010, 11:05 am

      Hey, I’m always up for some mothering. Gimmie.

  • Jon March 9, 2010, 10:54 am

    Awesome Josh, congratulations. I can’t wait.

  • I am so excited for you Josh; I’m beaming as though the book was my own! Congratulations. Can’t wait to order my copy…

  • Jay March 9, 2010, 9:20 pm

    I buy all my books secondhand, but for this one, I’ll pay full price. Very excited.

    And hey, I typed your name into the Amazon search bar, but my results were: 1) Josh Groban’s Christmas CD, 2) A children’s book about a baby otter, and 3) some lame t-shirt.

    • Josh Hanagarne March 9, 2010, 9:21 pm

      Jay, I’m still working out the details. I have no idea when I’ll be showing up in Amazon. Please don’t support Josh Groban on my behalf:)

  • Hilary March 10, 2010, 1:48 am

    Hi Josh .. I think that’s great – well done .. and such a good first chapter read .. and what an experience to be going through .. – enjoy the whole process and good for you. Good luck .. have fun – you will I know – you have that positivity outlook on life, overcoming hurdles …
    Hilary – PositiveLetters Inspirational Stories

  • Jessica Marie March 10, 2010, 3:10 pm

    Yaaaaayyyyyyy! I am totally buying this book.

  • Matt Cheuvront March 10, 2010, 6:23 pm

    Congrats man. Seriously. Can’t wait to read the full thing! Cheers my friend.

  • Joe Dixon December 3, 2010, 3:25 am

    Man! This is such an inspiring video!

    I only just came across your blog via Colin Wright. I’ve just finished (on November 30th) my NaNoWriMo novel, and I’m going to take it to be printed today, so I can edit it and see it!

    Congratulations on a great project and I hope the sales have gone well!

  • Lana June 17, 2012, 9:50 pm

    Congratulations, Josh!