Saturday
Feb152014

Running and Stuff - The Book Release Date..

So my procrastination is nearly over. I've sat on this for far too long but now I have finally sent a final version to be converted into an eBook. My plan is to only sell an eBook first (yes it will be available on Kindle and on Amazon etc) and then if it sells enough I will look at doing a print run. All of my spare money right now is being spent on door knobs and wardrobes for a new house rather than on exotic races and Big Macs. Oh the pains of growing up.

All proceeds from the book will contribute to continuing my life of a slow fat ultramarathon running silly blogger. Buy it or else I'll be forced to get skinny and fast in order to fuel my addiction.

Please "like" the page on facebook to be constantly spammed with requests to buy my book. Just kidding. 

Here is the intro to the book

I decided to write the introduction to this book myself. I could not trust even my closest friends to do the job for me. I was worried that they might try to sell you a lie. I feared that they might come up with some words like “James is an above average runner” or worse still, “James is actually quite good at this running thing”. I am not.

But I have run across America, 3200 miles in ten weeks during the worst heat wave in living memory. Not many people have done that. I have run in many amazing places over really long distances. Ernest Hemingway said “there is no skill to writing, you just have to sit at the typewriter and bleed”. That has been my approach to both my running and my writing. I am not sure Churchill had ultra running in mind when he famously quoted his qualifications but that is all I have to offer you here: no skill or talent just blood, sweat, toil and tears smeared over 350 pages and six years.

This is not a treatise on how to achieve ultra marathon awesomeness. It is an honest account of what ultra marathon running does to a person. I sincerely hope you don’t finish reading this book with the opinion that I am any good at this. I hope you don’t describe me as being “super human “ or “crazy” or other terms I have grown used to over the years. Instead, my goal is that you might complete the fourth line of this series of logical statements in a similar way to the way that I did at the start of this journey:

1. James is a pretty regular guy

2. He’s done some amazing stuff 

3.I’m a pretty regular guy/girl

4. -


Sunday
Aug042013

It's finished. I just need to decide on the photos. And the tagline.

OK so I have finally put the book together. Spell checked and everything (thanks Sam Robson).

I have been lucky to have some great friends who have helped with the editing and checking of it. Sam mentioned above returned my 113,302 word document with only 1812 changes. That's only one balls up every 65 words. Not a bad effort :)

I'd like to thank Simon Freeman of Freestak for reading it and giving me some great feedback.

Mimi Anderson (who really should have written her own book by now) has read it too and gave me some encouragement.

James Elson of Centurion Running (and my partner in crime for the piece of string race) also took the time to give me his thoughts.

Robin Harvie thanks to you too for some great advice on writing and publishing.

I have created a facebook page to promote the book and also to get some ideas as to what photos to include and also I need a "tagline". Something like "The most awesomenessest ultra runner to ever come from Leicester".

Maybe not.

Tuesday
Jan222013

THE BOOK

Coming soon.

As soon as I think of a title.