College Football, Star Wars and Baby BehemothsBooks, Burnside Sells Out, Featured, Sports — By Jordan Green on August 6, 2010 at 8:00 am
Even with my shortcomings as an agent exposed, I was overjoyed Chad finally had a deal. Plus, he promised me a WhatIfSports.com gift certificate for my year of tireless effort on his behalf.
“That’s it?” I asked.
“Well, I guess I could fly you out for an Auburn game,” Chad sighed.
“Oh, awesome. A trip to Birmingham. Thanks, Chad. I can’t wait to experience the sweltering humidity of New Orleans, minus any of the culture or cool stuff.”
The reason Chad was flying me out was he had an idea for his second book. It would be about the intersection of faith and SEC football, and Chad would spend a weekend in every college town in the Southeastern Conference: Saturday for gameday, and Sunday for church, hosted by college football fans of various faiths and denominations. He wanted to fly me in to see Auburn face West Virginia, and maybe I could provide some perspective as the outsider from the West Coast, where gridiron battles were fought by tiny, prancing elves too frightened to play in the South or Texas, and where tailgating consists of protesting the destruction of trees, sometimes while nude.
Then Zondervan heard about Chad’s newest book idea. They liked it better. It was more focused and a better way for Chad to introduce himself into the publishing world.
“Let’s do this football thing as your first book instead,” they told him. “We can release your memoir afterward.”
“So you want to sign me for another book?” Chad was confused.
“Wait…we thought you had a two book deal…” there was scrambling on the other end of the line.
That’s how Chad signed his second book deal, without even finishing up the first.