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My Friggin Book!!!

I just got this in the mail today. S’weird! This was nothing but a really large Word .doc for so long that having it in the physical world freaks me out a bit (in a good way).

November 1st is soon! I hope you like it! Or at least don’t think me douchey and weird because of what I wrote. But I can’t really control what you think, so there’s that! I just feel like there are other like-minded nerd types who are looking for the same answers I was. And while I haven’t figured out all of them, I feel like I managed to tick off quite a few. All the things that make us nerds–focus, internal monologuing, obsessiveness–I think are the raw materials for achieving stuff. I may be crazy, but I do seem to get a lot of shit done.

Okay, enough insecure disclaimers! We have a temp book page up at for pre-orders at the moment. Hoo-RAH!!!

PS – YES! There will be an audio version as well!

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  1. Daryl P says:

    I’m at work right now listening to the Audio version of your book. I recently sent a Quemment and said that I might buy the actual book as well (it’s official I am for the Charactercises… but that’s not why I’m commenting right now. I’m commenting because I want to know, “WTF is wrong with you?!” I am in tears on the Marty McFly/Doc section. The voice over has me in a ball laughing… at work. It’s hard to continue typing! But besides the funny sections/comedic tones you have in the book/audiobook this is a really good piece of work and you should be proud of yourself. I recommend the audiobook to people too, you can hear the sincerity in your voice, that’s cool to me. You care about your people… this isn’t just about sales.

  2. CircusMonkey says:

    Just got the book yesterday and starting reading today. I cant wait to finish. Already feeling inspired and wanting to focus like never before.

  3. Chuck W. says:

    Big C, can I just say it is cool to see how you are inspiring others to write and JUST DO stuff they have always wanted to do.

  4. Chuck W. says:

    I pre-ordered it from the iBooks store as soon as it was available good sir.

  5. JLH says:

    ….conversation with self…
    “Hey, Chris Hardwick wrote a book.”
    “Yeah, so…”
    “Why don’t you write a book.”
    “Because you have always wanted to, and if that Chris guy can do it you can…. I mean, he is kind of a spaz.”
    “hmmm….what if I suck at writing.”
    “Who gives a shit. You probably do suck at writing.. You sucked at walking when you were little… you got better.”
    “Yeah, OK, I guess so, you won’t laugh will you?”
    “….probably not. No promises.”
    So I started on Sunday. I vomited out 10 pages in about four hours, most of it gibberish, but I started, and it felt good. Now all I think about is writing this book, and it makes me happy.
    Thanks Chris
    PS You are not really a spaz….
    (ok, maybe you are a little — in a good, inspirational sort of way)

  6. Arnulfo R. says:

    i cant wait tot get a copy

  7. a dub says:

    Way to go Big C!! Book placed on hold at my local library and I’ll be pre-ordering a copy shortly. Very looking forward to reading your book.

  8. John says:

    Please do an episode about the writing of the book.

  9. Pedak says:

    Jonah and Matt better be voicing the audiobook.

  10. Ryan says:


  11. Ryan says:

    Pre-ordered and Proud!

  12. Al Miller says:

    Not douchey for writing it. Douchey for not quite getting the “PI” gang sign correct with your left hand on the cover shot. POSER!

  13. Tesia says:

    Oh no! Another book that I must pre-order! I can’t wait to read it!

  14. james says:

    preordered this months ago. that picture makes me wet.

  15. Andrew M. says:

    Definitely gonna check it out! Also looking forward to seeing you guys live in Ptown on the 22nd!

  16. ruaidhri says:

    Got this on pre-order over here in the UK Some time in December if I remember right.
    Hoping that finally something will help teach to stop me being a knob who is pretty damn good at loadsa things except getting them across in bloody interviews.

  17. HK says:

    I can’t wait to read it!! Thanks for all your hard work Chris!

  18. B.J. says:

    I’m def gonna buy this book when it comes out. Might be kinda hard for me to read it cuz I just don’t know if I’ll have enough free time to do it. If only there was like a movie or some other form of informational medium to teach me how to open up my schedule.

  19. Michael says:

    Congrats on the book. Are you going to do any book signings in the LA area?

  20. Kcat10 says:

    Wow! Congratulations, Chris! This is a wonderful accomplishment for you. Great cover shot. I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures. Wishing you every success.


  21. Brian E. says:

    Amaze Sauce! Can’t wait to get my copy. Come up to Toronto so
    I can get it signed.

  22. Brian H says:

    Pre-ordered the Kindle version. I wish my Kindle Fire would be shipped by then, but I’ll read it on the phone until then.

  23. Wesley Marshall says:

    Totally pr-ordered that when you first said it was available on the podcast.

  24. John says:

    I will be purchasing this of course. Unfortunately, the book comes out *AFTER* Chris comes to Portland, so I cannot get it signed. At least not right away.

  25. Bri says:

    Can not wait to torrent this for my kindle

  26. Joey says:

    Ooh, it comes out the same day as Hodgman’s! Maybe I should preorder both of them so I can have a really exciting new book day in a month or so…

  27. Diane says:

    Congratulations Mr. Hardwick. There is nothing in the world more satisfying as seeing the physical manifestation of your hard work.

    I look forward to reading it.


  28. Brett says:

    I pre-odered the book last month, I also bought Simon Pegg’s book because Amazon said they would ship them for free. For some reason, I can never say no to free shipping.

  29. @The_Nicktator says:

    Finally pre-ordered it! #Squee!

    What? We don’t hashtag on anything other than Twitter. Oh.

  30. Mark says:

    Most awesome. Congratulations! Your life journey since 2003, which I’ve learned about from your Nerdist Podcast, has been pretty damn inspirational for me over the last couple of months. I’m looking forward to owning and reading your book!

  31. Valerie says:

    Come to Columbus! I’ll buy your book and then you can sign it for me! How fun is that?

  32. Randy Heinz says:

    Living in Montana I wish there was a way to have my copy signed by Big C.

  33. Michelle says:

    Yippee! Congrats, Chris!! I’ll probably also get it twice. Pre-ordered ages ago, but really want to hear you read it. But that’s totally worth it, for all the HOURS of FREE enjoyment you’ve provided through the podcast!

  34. Lisa says:

    Oooh! Your musings finally in physical form. That’s great! I pre-ordered it back when pre-ordering was first possible (for your book) and around the time I saw you at the Wilbur Theatre. I’m so excited, and weirdly proud of you! Maybe it is because I’m 3 years older than you – I loves ya, kid. It’s gonna be a big hit, you’re gonna be a STAH!

  35. kleer001 says:

    You could do some rapid prototyping over at (or similar service). Then’d you get that “Oh god, it was just a file, but now it’s an object” feeling far more often.
    Also, whaaaaaaaaa!!!! That’s great!

  36. Liz H (from Canada) says:

    Of course it’ll be out Nov 1st…because my thesis will be long done by then! Where were you in January?!?

    But seriously, I’m really looking forward to this. The only question is: book, or audiobook? Tough choice. 🙂

    #firstworldproblems #hashtaggingoutsideoftwitter

  37. Rob S. says:

    Will you talk about how to get over the Mind Numbing fear of failure?

  38. Justin says:

    Big C! Your book! Congrats! Must be so exiting, and if it’s even half as good as the advice you give on the podcast I’m sure it will really help. Can’t wait to read it.

  39. Andrew says:

    Sweet stuff Mr H, you’re racking up quite a few new achievements this year.

  40. Deanna says:

    Congratulations Chris! I think getting a book published is a huge accomplishment. I pre-ordered my copy a long time ago, I want to come see you in San Francisco. Will you be signing books?

  41. sydney says:

    ive never been so excited for a book!! ( well i have ) but i cant wait!!!!

    love you bunches big C <333

  42. breakfast for dinner?! says:

    Full color nude spreads, you say? I’m sold!

  43. Paul says:

    I feel like I’m going to end up buying this twice… I already have the book on preorder, but I really want to have the audio version too… CHRIS, WHY ARE YOU TAKING ALL MY MONEYGOLDS?

    Can’t wait til it comes out.

  44. Daniel says:

    How can you say can’t really control what I think with those piercing blue eyes staring into my soul?

  45. Patti Brown says:

    Hurrays! I’m really happy for you. I’ll probably order a copy, cuz, you know, I like you and I wanna know more via your book. 🙂

  46. Priscilla says:

    Will it be available in ebook format?

  47. Livius says:

    I went to my school bookstore (Barnes & Noble affiliate) and asked for a copy last week. They said it wasn’t out yet, boy did I feel dumb after checking the shelves daily for a week. Looking forward to Nov. 1st.