I Have a Book Contract

Last week I received a curious email that I almost disregarded, because it came right out and said they wanted to publish a book with me.

Then I looked more closely. And then I clicked over to a link. Then I Googled to see what they’re up to and found all sorts of recent, relevant press in major outlets.

And I was interested. And I replied as such.

Later, I’ll go through the years of anguished thought that brought me to this point, but I signed with them this morning. And I was finally satisfied to be on a track that I could live with on this subject.

I can’t reveal details yet, before checking to make sure all is OK, which is part of the deal I agreed to.

Big? Well that depends upon your perspective. New & Fresh; disruptive, with the financial backing to disrupt? Yep.


Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More


  1. Marc on November 21, 2011 at 18:18

    Congrats! Give em hell.

  2. Jorge on November 21, 2011 at 18:25

    Congrats Rick; it’s been a long road. You worked hard and have an engaging style; thereby rising to a ‘whole ‘nuther level!’

  3. Alex on November 21, 2011 at 18:35
    • Richard Nikoley on November 21, 2011 at 18:36

      Ha, you would be right, which is why I never pursued. Wait until you get the details.

  4. Primal Toad on November 21, 2011 at 18:42

    Congrats! Maybe I’ll get one of these some day… at 23 years old I’ve got plenty of time. Or, maybe I’ll just continue with ebooks… gotta love kindles!

  5. Andrew on November 21, 2011 at 18:53

    Nice work, Richard. That went pretty quickly. I’m still looking forward to the day I can speak of my book deal in the past tense.

  6. Dee Miles on November 21, 2011 at 19:03

    You’re such a tease! I’m sure it’s going to shock and awe whatever the subject. kudos!

  7. Debbie on November 21, 2011 at 19:27

    Now the Animal will surely be Free to roam the larger population of the known world, wrecking havoc on mere mortals.
    Nice Work Mr. N.
    xo deb

    • Richard Nikoley on November 21, 2011 at 19:39

      I’m OK with kisses & hugs.

      I’ll usually pretend otherwise, though.

  8. Debbie on November 21, 2011 at 20:05

    I won’t tell a soul. 🙂

  9. Lute Nikoley on November 21, 2011 at 20:41

    Both me and your mom are very happy for you, congrats.

  10. Ricky on November 22, 2011 at 00:20

    amazing. can’t wait for details

  11. Sigi on November 22, 2011 at 03:11

    Wow, awesome! Looking forward to the end product. (And the process could be pretty amusing for us all too, I suspect…)

  12. Sean on November 22, 2011 at 05:01

    Capitalist whore 😉

  13. Richard Jones on November 22, 2011 at 06:57

    Awesome! Congratulations! I hope it is exactly what you want it to be.

  14. Chris Sturdy on November 22, 2011 at 07:11

    Congratulations, Richard! I can’t wait to read it. No pressure!

  15. Jasen on November 22, 2011 at 07:49

    Congrats Richard, Looking forward to seeing at the book signing tour for my autographed 1st edition!

  16. Jason on November 22, 2011 at 08:08

    Good stuff; looking forward to the details and finished product.

  17. Steven on November 22, 2011 at 08:14

    Fantastic news! Looking forward to it…

  18. jim on November 22, 2011 at 08:47


    • Richard Nikoley on November 22, 2011 at 08:54

      It’ll be on Amazon Kindle as well as paperback, but no, not the publisher. I do have some knowledge of what Godin is up to with them, however. Similar, but not the same.

  19. Dan Linehan on November 22, 2011 at 09:10

    Congrats! Looking forward to it.

  20. Pauline on November 22, 2011 at 09:58

    Hope to be hearing more about the contents is it going to be a novel, or more diet/exercise slanted. We are all watching and learning, maybe you are going to inspire more of us to take our need to write more seriously. Congratulations and celebrations!

    • Richard Nikoley on November 22, 2011 at 10:02

      After much back & forth and a number of things in draft, I finally decided that the first book definitely needs to be my take on Paleo for the newbie.

      After all, that’s what the blog is about, what draws people in, etc. Subsequent books will delve into my takes on evolutionary epistemology, evolutionary social structures, sex, drugs, rock & roll. 🙂

      • Jscott on November 22, 2011 at 16:40

        In other words you will self-publish all those lil gems? ;0

        Congrats. You might be interested in what Josh is doing with his book deal…

        (You might already follow)

      • Richard Nikoley on November 22, 2011 at 17:14


        Nope, real publisher. I’ll be blogging all about it tomorrow, or maybe tonight, now that I have it cleared.

        Thanks for the link. Good stuff. I liked the “touch it every day” advice. “10 pages or a sentence, but touch it every day. “

      • Jscott on November 23, 2011 at 03:44

        I need to work on clarity in writing, apparently. I meant your follow up works. Seriously, congrats on the deal. Glad Josh resonated with you.

        If anything, I give good link.

  21. LXV on November 22, 2011 at 13:21

    Congratulations. That’s absolutely wonderful 🙂

  22. Razwell on November 25, 2011 at 17:42

    Congratulations, Richard. I am probably writing a book too ( about obesity science).

    The public wants an unbiased, analytical approach which presents both sides of the story, but the caveat is the author is not shy about ripping some scammer a new asshole with sound science etc. Gary Taubes is GREAT at doing this. Healthful eating, Paleolithic diet philosophy, “saturated fats are bad” myth , industrialized , sugar rich diets and their damage etc. are some things that generate massive interest with the public.

    I am looking forward to the book.

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