Recently, I’ve been trying to market my 6 volume magnum opus, Supernatural Hypocrisy: The Cognitive Dissonance of a God Cosmology, as I am in the unique position of being a relatively small fish in a big pond, where that material is concerned.
Since I am no Sam Harris or Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchens, my name alone will not sell a book–especially one like this.I do mention this in the Author’s Note:
I am not a Bible scholar or a Ph.D.–wielding lecturer, nor a scientist. I was one semester away from a degree in Professional Writing & Editing, and intend to finish it, plus complete a Masters Degree program in writing as well, soon. The actual writing and life in general seem to have interfered with my academic pursuits. Other than that, I am just an author who is many other things, not the least of which is a voracious lifelong learner and seeker of truth. Though I have, at odd intervals, been accused of being an elitist—I think an elitist would not encourage the sharing of ideas by those without an alphabet soup after their name, a prestigious university at their back, or a mainstream publisher hawking their work. I believe everyone has something to say, and should be able to say it. It should be up to the readers whether or not the content is worthy of perusal.
In an effort to get the information out there, I decided to offer excerpts for free in eBook form, so that readers would have a chance to preview some of the material; see what the book is like, before buying. Yesterday, I published another of those excerpts, Jael. In a Tent. With a Spike –which is excerpted from Volume 4, Cosmology Of The Dark Side: Hell, Satan & Misguided Adherents. The blurb for it is:
Directed at agnostics and those struggling with the inconsistencies in Christianity in particular, and religion in general, an author struggles to find her own Personal Cosmology by examining and sharing her beliefs and discoveries about God, the Bible and Christianity.
In this excerpt, Baeli responds to an online pastor’s site. “During some research, I came across a page that stopped me in my cyber-tracks. It’s the most hateful, war-mongering, misogynistic, atavistic, hate-crime supporting, and sickening example of Christian brainwashing I’ve ever seen. And it’s intended for kids.”
When I woke to start my day this morning, there was a Review Notification from Smashwords. Already? My first thought was, Okay, here we go. Some Bible-thumper is going to lambast me with admonitions and warnings that I will burn in their loving god’s hell for such blasphemy.…so it was a pleasant surprise to instead see this:
Review by: David H. Keith on March 30, 2013 :
At last, someone with the courage to take these charlatans and hate-mongers to task, and to do it with eloquence and the sarcasm these would-be “holy” men so richly deserve. Good on you, Ms. Baeli! Good on you.
Of course, you do know that you are now the target of all these soldiers of their Ghod, don’t you? Well, you are not alone. It is way past time these criminals are called to account and you have done so with effect. My hat is off to you.
Five stars without hesitation.
David H. Keith
My thanks to Mr. Keith.
I know there are plenty of people out there who are at least agnostic, whether they know it or not. And there are plenty of others who have always questioned the veracity of religion, but these days, who has the time to research it? Well, since I am a writer, and I did have the time, and I was on my own personal journey in that regard, I felt it was a good idea to get a book out of it. I just never imagined the books would have to be 6 volumes, and take me 3 years, off and on, to write. I had to take breaks from the project, because it was so overwhelming. I studied more disciplines in that span of time than in all my college years combined.
Anyway, I suppose releasing these free eBooks is a way of directing people toward a purchase of this book I worked so hard on, and don’t have the big name to sell much of.
There are two more available, so far as well…