This is a most unusual addition to our series about Self-Published Geniuses, where we bring you news of authors with a vanity press book in which the author claims to have made paradigm-shattering discoveries, and announces his work by hiring a press release service.
This author’s press release is titled Author of Evolution Is Illegal Launches Kickstarter Campaign, issued by something called SBWire – The Small Business Newswire.
We always need to confirm that the book qualifies for our collection. Was it published by a vanity press? Actually, no. That’s what makes this so unusual. Jumping ahead to the middle of the press release, we’re told:
[William James Herath] has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the publication and distribution of this book.
It also gives a link to the Kickstarter campaign: EVOLUTION IS ILLEGAL – DEMAND SCIENCE NOW, where the brilliant author tells us:
When reading some of the chapter rough drafts for this project, I have found spelling errors and other mistakes every time I have sat down to edit. Just getting to the point of saying that enough is enough will be what could potentially delay delivery time. With your help, I am going to hire a professional editing team that will go through the book and make it as error free as possible. Fortunately, I am self-publishing this project through Create Space and their turn around time is fast!
So we know that if the author raises the funds he needs, he’s going to use a vanity press to publish his book. Therefore, if the project ever gets completed, it will meet our requirements.
That Kickstarter website also informs us that the author has already received seven pledges totaling $400, so he’s well on the way to meeting his goal of raising $17,500.
Okay, let’s get back to the press release to see what it says, with some bold font added by us for emphasis. Oh, we should mention that he doesn’t put the title of his book (or Darwin’s book) in italics:
Evolution is Illegal by William James Herath tackles the subject of evolution being taught as a fact in public schools and accepted by scientific organizations, despite the fact that it is only a theory and that there is no accepted definition of what evolution actually means.
Wow — evolution is only a theory, and it has no accepted definition! Let’s read on:
According to Herath, “In the United States, public schools are teaching evolution as fact. The National Academy of Sciences also claims evolution to be a fact and offers three definitions of the term, and all of which conflict with Webster’s definition of evolution.“
It conflicts with the dictionary! The quote from the author continues:
To compound the problem further, Darwin himself did not include a definition of biological evolution in his famous book, The Origin of Species. Additionally, most evolutionary biologists craft their own idea of what evolution is and their definitions also tend to conflict with each other.
Stunning, isn’t it? Here’s more:
Many states in this country have made evolution part of their curriculum standards, yet as a nation we don’t have a standard definition for evolution. Surprisingly, even though evolution has seen many court cases unfold, no court has used or produced a legal definition of evolution. With this book, I hope to change this conundrum.
Amazing! This is a book that needs to be published! Hey — we know you’re wondering who this courageous author is. Unfortunately, we’re not given any information about him. But at his Kickstarter website, he says:
I am not the most qualified person to write this book, just being honest. But Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison said that “If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Like atheist and New York Times Bestselling Author Richard Dawkins not being the most qualified person to to write The God Delusion, I am equally unqualified to write a book about the constitutionality of evolution.
He’s a modest man. We like that! And for some reason, he put the title of Dawkins’ book in italics.
Well, dear reader, you know what you have to do. Send Mr. Herath some money so he can get an editor, correct his spelling, and hire a vanity publisher. The press release promises “rewards ranging from personalized thank-you notes to copies of the book Evolution is Illegal.”
Your Curmudgeon is pleased to have played a small part in the author’s noble endeavor.
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