My Sweet Infected Blog Posts

From the Charles Miske Author Blogspot Blog HERE:

  • World Wide Otaku Day - Dec 15

    Otaku subculture is a central theme of various anime and manga works, documentaries and academic research. The subculture began in the 1980s as changing social mentalities and the nurturing of otaku traits by Japanese schools combined with the resignation of such individuals to become social outcasts. The subculture's birth coincided with the anime boom, after the release of works like Mobile Suit Gundam before branched into Comic Market. The definition of otaku subsequently became more complex, and numerous classifications of otaku emerged. In 2005, the Nomura Research Institute divided otaku into twelve groups and estimated the size and market impact of each of these groups. Other institutions have split it further or focus on a single otaku interest. These publications classify distinct groups including anime, manga, camera, automobile, idol and electronics otaku. The economic impact of otaku has been estimated to be as high as ¥2 trillion ($18 billion).[4] -- WIKI



    I have mentioned several times previously that Anime was a strong influence for "My Sweet Infected" and an Otaku reading it would recognize several of the themes present. I hope I can break into that market. It would be really nice to hear some comments from people in regards to those influences.

    At my recent book signing at the Holiday Bazaar at Keystone Resort a woman approached, lifted up a paperback copy (old black cover) of My Sweet Infected and asked what it was.

    Me: "It's a dystopian young adult romantic triangle with zombies"
    Her: "Now that's right up my alley."

    She then proceeded to get a copy with Amazon Prime.



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  • My Sweet Infected - more inspiration

    Who remembers that anime was a heavy influence in the creation of my dystopian young adult romance "My Sweet Infected" featuring an interesting angle on a romantic triangle?

    I think of Emma, the protagonist, as an alter ego, since a great deal of the time spent writing was more like a psychic channeling the voice of the character, rather than methodically going over a spreadsheet analyzing character traits. It is probably a much more authentic approach, imho.

    "I can’t even imagine how a girl could do that. I admire that. I could never ever …” Her voice trailed off as she carefully reached out and touched the edge of my hair where it was tucked behind my ear. Her eyes displayed a confusing array of emotions as her fingers plucked at the short ends. Maybe there were stringy clumps of blood between the strands. --   Chapter Six - MORE HERE



    Here is an image from Tokyo Ghoul, which I am looking forward to watching when it comes up in the queue. MORE INFO (image from a G+ Anime Fan Page).

    Please check out my edgy dystopian zombie novel "My Sweet Infected" and enjoy.

    "... I could not put down for its thrilling ride. Porter, Emma and Linda – all were amazing characters." rel="lightbox1161" - 5-Star Review on Amazon


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  • Sweet Infected Relationships

    In my book "My Sweet Infected" there is a romantic triangle that is a bit unusual compared to most Young Adult Dystopian novels out today.

    Here are some related quotes from my 5-Star Reviews on Amazon:

    -great emotional depth between the characters of Porter, Emma and Linda
    -burying your head back inside of the book pages for the steaminess of the Emma-Porter-Linda love triangle
    -now I have to know what becomes of Emma, Porter, and Linda!


    Anime heavily influenced my characters. Here you can see elements of Linda and Emma.
    A quote from the book from one side of the triangle:

    “Sounds like it. I can’t even imagine how a girl could do that. I admire that. I could never ever …” Her voice trailed off as she carefully reached out and touched the edge of my hair where it was tucked behind my ear. Her eyes displayed a confusing array of emotions as her fingers plucked at the short ends. Maybe there were stringy clumps of blood between the strands. -- Chapter 4

    And from another side of the triangle:

    I pulled Porter back outside and closed the door. Emotions spilled from him in waves of heat and cold. Our blood was hot between us from the friction of all those feelings pent up.
    “It’s fine. Really.” I stroked his cheek, pressed myself up against his chest. There was no space anywhere between us. I felt him against me then. I smelled his heat. Smelled the sudden desire.
    “Emma. We can’t.” He tried to pull away, but was trapped.
    “I know. You say that. I want to ride this moment forever though.” There were purple dots in his eyes again. I smiled at the wonder of them. I slid my arms into his dry clean shirt and felt his skin burn every nerve of them. I pressed my nose into his neck and felt the dampness rise between us, smelling our blood, our heat. -- Chapter 9

    I had the most amazing time writing this book, and I have had the most satisfying reviews and personal messages from my readers. Please get your copy today and give me your honest review. If you have Amazon Prime or Kindle Unlimited you can even get it FREE. Please, go get one now.











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  • Greatest pages of your story ...

    The Greatest Pages of Your Story Have Yet to be Written -- Meme



    I think this was meant as an inspirational message. It was to imply that the best days of your life were yet to come.

    I like to think of it from the viewpoint of an author. In that case you could take it literally, rather than figuratively. Somewhere out in time and space, your best work is yet to come.

    I do recognize that my own work has improved tremendously with each book. My favorite so far?

    My Sweet Infected - my young adult dystopian fiction novel with zombies. Get it today and find out why it's been rated 5 stars consistently. Read more »

  • Sweet Infected Inspirations

    My character Emma, the protagonist, started out as one person and became another. It shows in the book as she evolves and transforms in so many ways from the opening butt-kicking scene to the final fight of the book. Then we get to see even more in the teaser for book 2.

    I started out writing about her without really knowing her, and little clues and hints about her personality and appearance came to me as I slowly grew to know her bit by bit. I became her in spirit, since it's a first-person narrative. Every time I sat down to write I had to get into character to be sure to have the consistency necessary for a smooth plot flow.

    I've mentioned a few times now that Anime was a major influence on my characters and their relationships. Every now and then I find an image on G+ that represents some small facet of Emma's character.

    My reviewers think I did an excellent job. I hope you will too.




    Her voice trailed off as she carefully reached out and touched the edge of my hair where it was tucked behind my ear. Her eyes displayed a confusing array of emotions as her fingers plucked at the short ends. Maybe there were stringy clumps of blood between the strands. -- Chapter Six - My Sweet Infected

    My Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime sales are the best of all of my books so far. You should take advantage of it while you can. Get in on the action.

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  • 5-Star Review for My Sweet Infected

    Here's another Five Star Review for My Sweet Infected

    5-Star – My Sweet Infected—is Quite Contagious

    I became completely absorbed with this tale penned by Author Charles Miske.
    Best described as a Dystopian thrill ride, the lure is certainly Miske’s vivid
    central characters, who are stricken with various strains of infection which causes some to morph into monstrous beings with the need to feed off of human flesh. There are plenty of gruesome elements that will have you turning away, but believe me,
    you’ll be burying your head back inside of the book pages for the steaminess of
    the Emma-Porter-Linda love triangle. Boundary lines are drawn because of their genetics, but they’re also made to be crossed in this read where the overall plot has you rooting for one side one minute, and the other the next. This is book one in the My Sweet Infected series. I’m now a fan, and you will be too, which is exactly what makes this book so very contagious.

    It's quite contagious. I love reading that. Over and Over Again.

    My Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime sales are the best of all of my books so far. You should take advantage of it while you can. Get in on the action.

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  • True Alchemists

    True Alchemists don't change lead into gold. They change the world into words. - William H. Gass



    I enjoy talking to people who read my books. I especially enjoy when they loved my books. Sometimes it's okay when they have some constructive criticism.

    When I wrote My Sweet Infected (AMAZON KINDLE) I wasn't able to meet my words per day goals until I had fully created that world in my mind. Then I had to express the events that would naturally have occurred in that world into words. It's a fun process and I can hardly wait for my next fiction novel to come out of hiding and make that world available to me.

    If you fully create the world first in your mind, then on paper, when it is before the reader's eyes, it's a whole new world for them to explore and become engrossed in.

    My Sweet Infected is a fantastic new gory world for fans of the genre to play in. I loved the book and I’d recommend it. - 5-Star Review for My Sweet Infected on Amazon
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Summit Success Progress Report

So it’s been about a month now and it’s been really great. I’ve sold way more than I expected and it’s been a ton of fun answering questions and chatting with people on Facebook about this book. I finally got an awesome 5-star review and just today got a bump in Kindle sales that skyrocketed me into the #1870 position in authors for the Health/Fitness Genre. That’s amazing for not having run a free promo.

Summit Success Kindle Stats from 10/13/2014

Summit Success Kindle Stats from 10/13/2014

I’m expecting a slew of more reviews to be coming in as more people finish this book. It’s a good 340 pages of intense reading, so I expect it will be a while for a lot of people to get it done and posted.

Here’s a sample personal review I received via email:

And the charts, you put a LOT of work into those! Too bad most readers don’t really understand what all goes into writing a book and doing the photos and charts and graphs and all the research and math and everything. I can tell that you put NUMEROUS hours into this book.

Yes, it took me two years to write this book. During that time I had a bunch of human guinea pigs testing it out and giving me feedback to help me make it the best book like it.

Summit Success -a stack of books shipping out to eager customers

Summit Success-a stack of books shipping out to eager customers

So go get one, now, and start your training. If you do, you’ll be in great shape for an April 2015 climb. Send me pics of your training and share your stories. We’d love to hear from you. Note: remember that for the time being it’s available FREE on Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime (remember to “Borrow For Free” from the Kindle in the Kindle Store, not from a PC or other device)

Summit Success: Training for Hiking, Mountaineering, and Peak Bagging

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Elbrus Race 2013 Now Available Free

Now Elbrus Race 2013 is available on Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime so you can get it for free for at least the next 90 days, the minimum amount of time in the program.

If you have Amazon Prime or Kindle Unlimited HERE is a brief explanation of how to get Free Ebooks on your Kindle.

Elbrus Race 2013 is the story of my trip to Russia to compete again in the highest race in Europe after becoming sick in the 2010 race and being forced to withdraw. It’s rated 5 stars and a fun short read. It’s especially great if you can get it free. There will not be a free promotion so this is the only way to get it free.

 

Elbrus Race 2010 photo at the Barrels Huts, Elbrus behind

Elbrus Race 2010 photo at the Barrels Huts, Elbrus behind

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Carstensz Now Available Free

Carstensz, Stone Age to Iron Age

It wasn’t available on Prime or Unlimited until now. That means that if you have Amazon Prime or Kindle Unlimited, you can get it for free for your Kindle.

If you’ve been waiting for it to be free, here’s your chance. For the next 90 days and then I might take it out of the program. Be sure to get it into your library now, especially if you’ve got Kindle Unlimited.

Here are a few quick tips for Prime and Unlimited HERE

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Carstensz, Stone Age to Iron Age

Carstensz, Stone Age to Iron Age

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Free Books on Kindle

Amazon Prime Kindle Owners Lending Library allows you to check out free books on Kindle. In general you’re allowed to check out any eligible book during a month, be that calendar month or 30 day period. You can keep it for as long as you want, but then must “return” it before you can check out another. In practice it’s quite simple and one of the ways to get free books on Kindle.

Tip: I have had people do this with several of my books, but there is on major “gotcha” that could bite you in the butt unexpectedly. You must use your Kindle to find the book in the store, and you must click the “Borrow for Free” button in gray below the “Buy for..” button in orange. Otherwise you will be charged for it. In that case so long as you have not read up to a certain point (I believe 10%) you can return it. Then you can get your free books on Kindle the way Amazon wants you to.

Free Books On Kindle Owners Lending Library

Free Books On Kindle Owners Lending Library

Kindle Unlimited is another way to get free books on Kindle. I have Amazon Prime so I’ve done the above several times. I do not subscribe to Kindle Unlimited because I get enough free books from my Prime account. With Kindle Unlimited you can have as many eligible books as you would like with no restrictions. If you read even two $4.99 books a month it’s a heck of a deal and I recommend it highly. There is a free trial if you’d like to check it out without risk. You could potentially take the trial, get a dozen $9.99 books and read them quick and make out like a bandit. Just saying.

You don’t even need a Kindle! Free App – Read Anywhere:

A recent article of interest on Kindle Unlimited: CLICK HERE

My free books on Kindle:

The following books are eligible for Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime:

  • My Sweet Infected (2014) BUY NOW
  • Summit Success: Training for Hiking … (2014) BUY NOW
  • Carstensz, Stone Age to Iron Age (2013) BUY NOW
  • Elbrus Race 2013 (2013) BUY NOW

The following free books on Kindle but not in paperback:

The following books are eligible for Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime:

  • Orizaba, My Almost Free Mexico Adventure (2012) BUY NOW
  • Elbrus, My Waterloo (2012) BUY NOW

The following free books will no longer be free in mid-December:

  • Finding Time to Train (2014) BUY NOW
  • Weight Training Secret Manual: 8 Hacks … (2014) BUY NOW

The rest of my books are not eligible for Amazon Prime and Kindle Unlimited as they do not meet the exclusivity requirement with Amazon.

I hope to be able to update this page often and include many more free books on Kindle for your reading enjoyment. If you want first notice of all my upcoming promotions, freebies, podcasts, etc. please subscribe to the newsletter upper right.

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Summit Success: The First Week

Bottom Line?

I have had the best “organic” sales ever for a new book release. By “organic” I mean not using under the table tactics and techniques to artificially inflate sales statistics in the hope of attracting new buyers or getting a feather in my cap to wave in the air for marketing purposes.

Buy on Amazon – CLICK HERE

Summit Success: Training for Hiking, Mountaineering, and Peak Bagging

Summit Success: Training for Hiking, Mountaineering, and Peak Bagging

The rest of the story..

It was an awesome and amazing first week for my new book Summit Success: Training for Hiking, Mountaineering, and Peak Bagging CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

In my recent article Amazon Author Stats CLICK HERE I showed how popular my book was in two key categories on Amazon. Part of the Kindle stats came from pre-orders. This was the first book that I was eligible to offer for pre-order and it went pretty good. I’ll probably do it again for a big book. It’s a little bit of a hassle for any book less than 30,000 words. Just my opinion.

For Kindle Authors in the Health and Fitness category I topped out at #3,213. Out of 50k+ authors that fit in that category that puts me solidly in the top 7%.

For Paperback Authors in the Health and Fitness category I topped out at #8,176 out of 80k+ authors in that category. That’s in the top 10%. It’s apparently a more competitive category.

For All Authors in all categories I topped out at #41,233 out of 500k+. That’s the top 8% of all authors in all categories. I guess my Kindle sales were enough to bump that stat up.

How is this significant?

If you noticed my previous book “Weight Training Secret Manual: 8 Hacks to Beat the Plateau” CLICK HERE I hit #1 in two categories in Kindle. That’s huge. So what’s the difference here?

First in Kindle Category - Weight Training Secret Manual

First in Kindle Category – Weight Training Secret Manual

Well, I marketed the Secret Manual pretty heavily with a few free days. On the one hand you get to find out how many people would have bought your book in the coming year. They buy it for free all at once and it looks spectacular for a few days in your sales stats. On the other hand, that’s a few hundred sales you don’t get paid for. It’s also a year with very low sales, since everyone has a copy already.

I didn’t do that for this latest book. I actually can’t afford it. My fixed costs that I have to pay from the last two years of research and development won’t allow me to give up a year of sales to inflate my ranking. Sadly too, since I could have probably sold over a thousand of these in a free promotion. That being said, I don’t expect that I’ll ever offer this book for any price less than what it currently is. Here’s the primary reason.

Amazon charges Kindle authors for the images in a book. Whenever someone buys a book we get dinged in what amounts to a per-image fee. You might notice that some Kindle training manuals in the fitness category cost more than the paperback. That’s because they’re paying for all the images. If you target your book at the Kindle HDX with full resolution images (as I have) then it’s even worse. I have 88 of them in this book, so it’s a pretty hefty investment from me whenever I sell one. The nice thing about it is that with Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime Kindle Owners Lending Library they don’t ding me for the images. So you get the book for free, and I don’t have to pay for your download. Win-Win.

So please, get it FREE on Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime

If you have any interest at all in this book, go download it FREE and take advantage of Amazon’s generosity. Or whatever it is you want to call it. It’s risk free. If you don’t like it after 50 or so pages just delete it and don’t worry about it. It was free after all. I would be a bit broken-hearted that you didn’t finish it though.

Another significant difference between my book and others published traditionally is that I didn’t inflate my stats to create a run on the book by buying up a thousand copies of my own book. Traditional publishing houses do that on a regular basis to create buzz. I also didn’t pay reviewers. This is common too. Some reviewers make a few hundred bucks per review. I have experimented in the past with giving away free copies to potential reviewers from among my Facebook and Twitter friends. Out of the hundred or so books I’ve given away explicitly for that purpose in the past two years for my eight previous books I have received four reviews. I can’t afford to give this one away with statistics like that.

As far as the paperback pricing, I had originally done the math with the intent of it being 300 pages and determined that the best price was to offer it at $38.99. You’ll probably have seen several of my old marketing efforts to sell it myself at that price. When I ended up with 340 pages it turned out that the price needed to be $45.99 to sell it through all distribution channels. I couldn’t possibly sell it for that. I’m not a celebrity.

The pricing for a self-published paperback is based on the page count and which distribution networks your book is available in. I don’t really need to go into details, but in order to offer it to real book stores, not on the internet, I actually don’t make money at the $32.99 price. I’m willing to do that though so long as they don’t charge me for it. In return for my generosity, Amazon has cut the price down to a bit over $26.xx – they change the price every few days so I don’t want to give an exact number of pennies there. That way they feel like they’re kicking the butts of the small book stores in mountain towns that I’d love to be sold in.

What makes this book different from all the rest?

Similar books from traditional publishers have come out over the past several years and even have similar page counts. Some have padded the book with hundreds of blog articles. Some have padded the book with ten page descriptions of how to do a plank. Some of these books geared toward running have padded the charts by creating versions for a 7:00 pace, a 7:10 pace, a 7:15 pace, etc. etc. You get the idea. I want to think that every single page in this book has meaning and importance in helping you to get to the summit of your dreams.

As far as other indie published books out there, all that I see are pretty small, vague, and not focused on anything other than a cool cover to get the sale. If someone has one that is at least half as awesome as mine send me the link, I’ll buy a copy (Amazon only) and I’ll review it for you here totally objectively, and if it’s at least that awesome I’ll apologize. Seriously. In return though, I expect that author to also buy mine and return the favor.

Wrapping Up

Well, like I said, it was an awesome week on Amazon. I sold way more books than I anticipated, and got some great stats in spite of not doing any shady business to get them. I am eagerly anticipating all the reviews I should get from these early sales, but realize it’s a very big book with a lot of material to wade through, so I know it could be a couple months before they start trickling in.

In the meantime, go ahead and get it for FREE and start working on it. It’s a great book, and if you start the program now, in 4 months you’ll be in the best shape of your life for that spring hiking you have planned.

Thanks everyone who bought this book already. I hope that many more join you.

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Amazon Author Stats – Summit Success Pre-Release

Summit Success: Training for Hiking, Mountaineering, and Peak Bagging

My latest book has been live now in paperback for one full day, and on Pre-Order for Kindle for a little over a week. In that time I’ve gone up the Amazon Author Ranking quite a bit. Here are a couple of views:

Kindle, Sept 12:

Amazon Author Rank 12 Sept 2014 from pre-release of Kindle Edition of Summit Success: Training for Hiking, Mountaineering, and Peak Bagging

Amazon Author Rank 12 Sept 2014 from pre-release of Kindle Edition of Summit Success: Training for Hiking, Mountaineering, and Peak Bagging

Kindle, Sept 13:

Amazon Author Rank 13 Sept 2014 from pre-release of Kindle Edition of Summit Success: Training for Hiking, Mountaineering, and Peak Bagging

Amazon Author Rank 13 Sept 2014 from pre-release of Kindle Edition of Summit Success: Training for Hiking, Mountaineering, and Peak Bagging

Paperback, Sept 12:

Amazon Author Rank 12 Sept 2014 from release of Paperback Edition of Summit Success: Training for Hiking, Mountaineering, and Peak Bagging

Amazon Author Rank 12 Sept 2014 from release of Paperback Edition of Summit Success: Training for Hiking, Mountaineering, and Peak Bagging

Paperback, Sept 13:

Amazon Author Rank 13 Sept 2014 from release of Paperback Edition of Summit Success: Training for Hiking, Mountaineering, and Peak Bagging

Amazon Author Rank 13 Sept 2014 from release of Paperback Edition of Summit Success: Training for Hiking, Mountaineering, and Peak Bagging

 

I’m pretty stoked and I hope the sales dashboard on the back end begins to reflect all of that when the pre-orders are all filled and billed.

If you’re wanting to buy one, now is a great time as Amazon has a spectacular price on the paperback. Hopefully it’s to stimulate early sales. Anyway, if you want it for about 20% off the list price, now is the time.

Oh, and be sure to sign up for the newsletter (right side of article) and I’ll send you exclusive offers, deals, and first opportunities when I do events, etc.

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Amazon Paperback – CLICK HERE

You want to get the Kindle for Free? Check out this little vid to learn how:

 

Note: you must use your Kindle to “Borrow for Free” from the Kindle Lending Library, a benefit of Amazon Prime. It allows you to “check out” one book per month. You can keep it for as long as you want, in general, but you cannot do it more than twice a month, and you cannot have more than one at a time. I use it and it’s been a great benefit.

I do not have Kindle Unlimited so I can’t tell you how that works, but if you read a lot and don’t want to take risks on poor book quality, you can just get a few dozen books, read the first 30 or so pages and delete it if you don’t like it. I’m not too concerned about that because I put everything I had into the quality of this book. I know you’ll be pleased.

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Kindle Unlimited – Free Books

Kindle Unlimited is a new Amazon Program

It’s not part of Prime, though if your books are available for the Prime Lending Library, they will also be available in Kindle Unlimited. According to Amazon:

Kindle Unlimited is a subscription program for readers that allows them to read as many books as they want.

For $9.99 a month you have access to anything you want to read plus a few other perks. Of course, this includes only those books also available through the Prime Lending Library, but at present that’s over 600,000 books. If you love to read, the Kindle Unlimited program is awesome. If you’ve been afraid to pay up to $9.99 for a book that you’re not sure about, it’s basically free with Kindle Unlimited. If you read about a book a week, with an average book price of $2.99,. you’re saving just short of $2.00 a month with Kindle Unlimited.

Kindle Unlimited isn’t restricted to the Kindle Reader

You can use apps for your PC, Tablet, or Phone to read Kindle Unlimited eBooks. You don’t even have to buy a Kindle. Though I do really like my Kindle Fire HD.

In my own case, I have three eligible books.

  • Orizaba, My Almost Free Mexico Adventure HERE
  • Elbrus, My Waterloo HERE
  • Weight Training Secret Manual: 8 Hacks to Beat the Plateau HERE
Free on Kindle Unlimited: Weight Training Secret Manual: 8 Hacks to Beat the Plateau

Free on Kindle Unlimited: Weight Training Secret Manual: 8 Hacks to Beat the Plateau

My upcoming book Mountaineering Fitness: Beginner Training Manual will also be included in this amazing group of free books so that you can take advantage of this offer. I’m going to be offering this book on Kindle for $9.99 (pending approval from Amazon) but you can get it for free on Kindle Unlimited.

If you’d like more information about my upcoming book CLICK HERE for details about the book, and the groups of human guinea pigs I’ve used for testing and developing what is arguably the best book of its kind. You can learn how to train vertically to get to the summit of your hike and back to your car in the best shape of your life. A very comprehensive set of instructions will give you all the skills you need to successfully train the right way for hiking and mountaineering. Don’t miss the opportunity to read it for FREE on Kindle Unlimited. If you want to get email notifications when it’s complete and ready to go, please fill out the form below and stay in the loop. Don’t miss it!

Lat Pulldown illustration from Mountaineering Fitness: Beginner Training Manual - soon to be FREE with Kindle Unlimited

Lat Pulldown illustration from Mountaineering Fitness: Beginner Training Manual – soon to be FREE with Kindle Unlimited

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Mountaineering Fitness Training Program

Like Hiking with a Backpack Full of Helium!

If you’ve been following my mountaineering fitness blogs, I’ve already given you hundreds of tips. I’ve produced training videos. I’ve shared my own training, my own adventures, even some of my secrets to my own success. I’ve shared articles from other trainers and authorities that I respect greatly. If you haven’t been following my articles, here are the two links to those:

First Chance!

Pre-Order the Paperback for Only $35 $32

This opportunity should be available as soon as I submit the final draft to the publisher, sometime before August 15 if all goes well. It has been a truly monumental effort to finalize this book. I’ve endured a crashed hard drive with all the originals of the manuscript and photos and videos and have been working hard to shoot all the photos and video over again using all the lessons I learned in the first final draft. I’m inserting them now into a backup copy of the manuscript and it’s going great. I feel this was indeed a blessing in disguise as the new photos are just amazing!

If you want to be the first to receive an email notice of my current progress in this book and others, please fill out the form below and I’ll let you know how I’m doing every couple weeks and then once again when it is final and ready to pre-order. Amazon will be in charge here, but I’m guessing now that the paperback price will be $39.99 and the Kindle price $9.99. I can lock in your price at $32 right now through my own cart if you subscribe on my form below today!

This special offer includes access to my training videos, charts, calculators, webinars, podcasts and other great bonus material that you can’t get from Amazon. That $32 price includes USA shipping, so submit the form today before it’s too late! I’ll have to withdraw this offer when the paperback goes live, so don’t delay. GO TO FORM NOW

New Webcasts:

  • Stair Climbing for Mountaineering Fitness [CLICK HERE]
  • Shoes, Boots, Socks for Hiking, Mountaineering [CLICK HERE]
  • Food, Water, Emergency Gear in the Day Hiking Backpack [CLICK HERE]

I began the Mountaineering Fitness manual after getting hundreds of questions on my Facebook Pages. Questions about training of course were among my favorite, because I started this most recent fitness journey after making some drastic life changes of my own. I wanted nothing more than to share my love of climbing and training.

Mountaineering Fitness: Dynamic Stretching Video Sample

This one minute video sample is from one of the Members-Only Exclusive Videos and should be available on DVD this Fall.

Back to the training manual, I put up a beta version for free download and it got hundreds of downloads before I took the link down. I figured I had enough human guinea pigs for my training program. Now I want to share it with you. I want to help you figure out the best way to train for hiking and climbing, whether you truly are coming in right off the couch or have been doing a fitness program for years.

One thing that I do really understand is the big difference between training for general fitness and training to hike on steep rugged terrain. I don’t want you to fail when you’re climbing because of your fitness. That’s why I wrote this mountaineering fitness training program. If you want to know how it all works, then I highly suggest you keep following my blogs above, and better yet, please subscribe to the emails for the latest up to date information I can get out to you.

When it comes right down to it, in the past 8 years I’ve written hundreds of articles about

  • Hiking fitness
  • Hiking training
  • Training for Hiking and Mountaineering
  • Physical training for hiking
  • Training for climbing and ice climbing
  • Fat Loss Nutrition Strategy
  • Weight Training Accessory Training Programming
  • As well as my successful autobiographical “Seven Summits Quest Series”
Plank Illustration from the Mountaineering Fitness: Beginner Training Manual

Plank Illustration from the Mountaineering Fitness: Beginner Training Manual

My biggest training manual yet!

It’s already over 300 pages. And there are three weeks of editing to go before it’s submitted to the publisher.

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I’ve published hundreds of articles and a handful of books about my climbing and mountaineering adventures, all of which make mention of my training methods. I have put it all together into the Mountaineering Fitness manual, and it’s huge compared to all of my other publications. I wanted it to be that complete to help you to truly understand what’s involved in training for mountaineering and hiking. The paperback edition of the manual will be available this Summer on Amazon along with the Kindle version. But right now you can get the preview edition as a training program subscription over the next four months. It’s almost like having me right by your side giving you the scoop on what to do to achieve success in the mountains.

Mountaineering Fitness is for everyone who wants to climb

Mountaineering Fitness is for everyone who wants to climb

What Subscribers to the Program Received:

  • 9+ Emails over a 16 week period
  • Charts with Training Goals for each training period
  • Weight Training and Cardio Training Tasks Explained
  • Photo Illustration of Each Workout
  • Video Instruction for Hiking, Packing, and Training

And best of all, I’m accessible, here, on my other blogs, and on Facebook. Just ask your questions and I’ll try my best to answer them as quickly as I can. I have even added some of these questions into recent updates on the manual and in podcasts.

I Opened a Second Training Cycle For Late Subscribers

Many missed our First Wave enrollment. It closed a couple months ago, and it has been a huge success. The First Wave Mountaineering Fitness group is well on their way to achieving their dreams this Summer. The Second Wave enrollment was nearly triple that of the First Wave and I’m really excited to have sent each of them

  • the full ebook up to the Main Training Cycle – nearly 200 pages
  • the weekly training goal charts through Week 10
  • one exclusive training video for subscribers only
  • a few public videos based on the book
  • a podcast based on the book

Soon I’m hoping my groups start posting their summit shots to share their success. And just around the corner will be the full 300 page training manual in paperback and on Amazon Kindle.

Mountaineering Fitness: training in the mountains. Don't you wish you were here?

Mountaineering Fitness: training in the mountains. Don’t you wish you were here?

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Traditional Publishing vs eBooks

When you are in the process of writing your masterpiece you probably put off the decision over traditional publishing vs eBooks. It’s time to discuss this in a way that I hope will be inoffensive and simple to understand, since your baby, your creation, your labor of love, is sitting there waiting to capture its audience through publishing.

In general, here are a few key points to determine that traditional publishing vs eBooks is actually an easy decision.

Traditional Publishing vs eBooks Quick List

Choose Traditional if

  • You are related to someone currently in the traditional publishing industry
  • You already have a literary agent and/or book deal
  • Fiction and the story totally rocks and people you’re not related to agree that’s true
  • Non-fiction you are a PhD in the field, a noted celebrity, or willing to ghost it for someone who is
  • You’re willing to invest a year or more sending out query letters every day

Choose eBooks if

  • You’re not on the above list anywhere

It’s really that simple.

Carstensz, Stone Age to Iron Age

Carstensz, Stone Age to Iron Age = my best selling book on Amazon

There are some tiny exceptions to the traditional publishing vs eBooks decision making process but in general, a tiny exception is the one out of a million chance riskier than putting every dollar, your car title and house deed on #47 in Vegas. It’s not likely, so don’t fool yourself.

I’m only kidding a tiny bit there too. If you want to get your book published now, it’s going to be self-publishing via eBook. There are also publish on demand services like Createspace, but that’s the same process in general as publishing to Kindle so for now I’m going to just leave it in the same category as eBooks. Even if you have a literary agent ready to send off manuscripts tomorrow it might be a year or more before your book is in the stores and you earn your first dollar. It might take you a year or more of sending query letters to attract the attention of a small publisher or a literary agent.

Traditional publishing vs eBooks was an easy decision for me

Traditional publishing vs eBooks was an easy decision for me

There are stories about authors first publishing to eBooks then making a ton of sales and reviews and suddenly ending up with a multi-book traditional publishing deal and movie options. When you look into some of them you’ll see that they used similar marketing methods as the big paper publishers by buying up their own books in thousands of copies, and buying 5-star reviews to spike their sales stats and get first page search results. Whether that violates the spirit of self-publishing or not is up for debate. But to me it seems like playing Black Jack by Dealers Rules, probably one of the safest bets in the casino.

The 100 Calorie Diet Plan

The 100 Calorie Diet Plan = my best seller on Google Play and B&N

That’s one of the faults to making your decision of traditional publishing vs eBooks in favor of eBooks. You’ll have to spend almost every minute of every day marketing your book. While Amazon has done a great job in sending out emails featuring my books, I have gotten hundreds of times more sales from my own Twitter and Facebook marketing plans. If you’re not up for doing that, or paying someone else to do it, you might be better off sending out your 3,000 query letters per year until you make it work.

If you need help at any stage of the process, check out my self-publishing/eBook consulting services HERE

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