Jude Hardin

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Countdown to Publication: 381 Days

I thought it might be interesting to document my journey toward print. After all, having your first novel published is a once-in-a-lifetime event. I hope to publish many more, but there will only be one debut. So...

In a previous post, my friend Jon VanZile said he liked my title, Pocket-47. I’ve actually gotten quite a few compliments on it, and it came to me in sort of a crazy way. I work at a hospital as an RN, and we use a computerized medication dispenser with many drawers and cabinets filled with hundreds of drugs we might need during a shift. One night a couple of years ago, I logged in and selected a medication for a patient. The computer promptly directed me to a cabinet with groups of segmented plastic trays on shelves, the segments referred to as pockets.

The medication I wanted was in Pocket-47.

It wasn’t an uncommon med. I’d probably been to that location dozens of times, but for some reason that time the combination of the word Pocket and the number 47 struck me as a nice title for a book.

By the way, in the context of the novel, Pocket-47 has a completely different meaning.

Why 47? I don’t know, but there’s an entire society dedicated to that number. They say that it “appears to be the quintessential random number of the universe.”

Works for me.

And you can bet I will let them know when the book is soon to be released. Heck, I might even join.


Blogger Stephen Parrish said...

When I became a cartographer, the first thing I wanted to do was join the Flat Earth Society.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Mark Terry said...

I'm reading it (and enjoying it) in manuscript now (slowly, sorry) and I haven't gotten to the meaning of the title yet, but I really like the title.

Just FYI, I got a call from Pat Gussin yesterday telling me they're moving the pub date of my next book up to end of June-ish 2011.

9:48 AM  
Blogger Jude Hardin said...

I thought of something after I posted this...

This morning, as my son was leaving for school, I gave him some money for gas and an oil change. He then told me he had been borrowing lunch money for the past couple of days, so I gave him enough to cover his debt and today's lunch.

I gave him a total of $47.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Jude Hardin said...


Yeah, that crazy Pythagoras came along and screwed everything up.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Jude Hardin said...

Thanks, Mark. Great news about your pub date!

10:14 AM  

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