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Writing Quote from Willa Cather

Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen. – Willa Cather

Is that why I feel most at home writing Young Adult Fiction?

I have a real solid connection to my character Emma, from “My Sweet Infected” who is around 17. Her special friend Linda is around 15, and Porter is kind of ageless in this book. In a prequel we’ll deal with his history, and pinpoint his age somewhat.

Did anyone read it and want to leave a review? If you do, I’ll send you a signed 8×10 print of the Red Cover. CLICK HERE for details. This is well within the guidelines set by Amazon and Goodreads. An author friend has been doing something similar for quite a while and he says it’s been a lot of fun connecting with his reviewers.

So let me know what you think? Am I deluded or is Young Adult a good niche for me?

My Sweet Infected, the Red Cover

My Sweet Infected, the Red Cover

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Writing Quote from Chekhov

My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.
– Anton Chekhov

With My Sweet Infected, this is how it begins and ends, for sure. In the absolute middle of nowhere. I also don’t elaborate on the pre-apocalypse either.

My Sweet Infected - The Red Cover, 2nd printing

My Sweet Infected – The Red Cover, 2nd printing

 

That will be for a prequel, if anyone is interested.

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My Sweet Infected Blog Posts

From the Charles Miske Author Blogspot Blog HERE:

  • Writing Quote from Chekhov
    My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.
    – Anton Chekhov
    With My Sweet Infected, this is how it begins and ends, for sure. In the absolute middle of nowhere. I also don’t elaborate on the pre-apocalypse either.
    My Sweet Infected - The Red Cover, 2nd printing
    My Sweet Infected – The Red Cover, 2nd printing

    That will be for a prequel, if anyone is interested.

    //
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  • Writing Quote from Willa Cather
    Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen. – Willa Cather

    Is that why I feel most at home writing Young Adult Fiction?

    I have a real solid connection to my character Emma, from “My Sweet Infected” who is around 17. Her special friend Linda is around 15, and Porter is kind of ageless in this book. In a prequel we’ll deal with his history, and pinpoint his age somewhat.
    Did anyone read it and want to leave a review? If you do, I’ll send you a signed 8×10 print of the Red Cover. CLICK HERE for details. This is well within the guidelines set by Amazon and Goodreads. An author friend has been doing something similar for quite a while and he says it’s been a lot of fun connecting with his reviewers.

    So let me know what you think? Am I deluded or is Young Adult a good niche for me?

    My Sweet Infected, the Red Cover
    My Sweet Infected, the Red Cover
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  • Every Book Holds a Little World Inside

    When I'm in full on writing mode, I can crank out up to 10,000 words a day.That's not normal though. I try to set a goal of getting in 2,000 words a day, like the old Stephen King writing advice states.

    “I like to get ten pages a day, which amounts to 2,000 words." Stephen King Goodreads

    I got quite a few books written in a short time span last fall, then settled down into normal daily life. The intensity required to write a book like "My Sweet Infected" was unexpectedly devastating. I became my protagonist in so many ways as she crept into my psyche and took over for me as I channeled her every thought as I created the story of her awakening.

    Read the book if you want to know more about this ruined world with humans on the brink of extinction. Find the clues, sort through the chaos, and realize the end is inevitable. The little world inside this book is doomed.


    Check it out, get the free sample for your Kindle - On Amazon

    My Sweet Infected (My Infected Book 1)

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  • My Sweet Infected No Longer Paperback

    My Sweet Infected No Longer Available In Paperback?

    Sadly, it's true. I sold so many in Kindle, and especially Kindle Unlimited, that I have no reason to continue to support the paperback edition.

    Yandere Genre Image from G+

    Somehow I knew nothing was alive in there, but if Hank noticed we were just walking on in with no concern for safety he'd know something was up. He wasn't stupid. Except maybe for Shelley. Women had a way of doing that to men. The thought crossed my mind suddenly that Porter had been taking more and more interest in me in that way on this trip. Was I doing something to him to make him stupid? We couldn't afford it.
    We rounded a guard tower set into the wall. The large door between the two towers was open and swinging gently in the breeze. Nothing good could have happened in there.
    Hank couldn't see us from here, so Porter stopped the slinking around act and stood tall. I shook it off and stood beside him.
    "Why are you trusting my senses on this?" I posed the question seriously.
    "Are you trying to tell me you're wrong?" He laughed at that.
    "I'm not sure I trust them."
    "You should. Your senses aren't going to lie to you about this kind of thing."
    "You're taking this a lot better than I am."
    "I guess I haven't been living another life all these years." He reached for my shoulders and gently tugged me into his chest with his nose on my forehead.
    My heart took off again. I knew he could feel it beating against his chest. It was impossible he couldn't. Then as quickly as that realization hit me I could hear his heart beating. But not as a sound. It was a gentle rhythm and it was excited. It was exciting. I broke away from the embrace with heat flushing my face. An emptiness twisted my stomach. -- My Sweet Infected - Chapter 7


    Check it out, get the free sample for your Kindle - On Amazon

    My Sweet Infected (My Infected Book 1)

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  • My Sweet Infected Video Teaser April 1

    My Sweet Infected 

    Recently I have had My Sweet Infected out on a Kindle Countdown Deal and it ends in just a few days now, but it's a heck of a deal for anyone who wants a copy. Remember that with a Countdown Deal Amazon will not allow me to reduce the price again for a period of time around 6 weeks or so. This is it as far as discounts go.

    If you want to get a copy for your friends, that's great. I'd love for you to buy some up. Leave me reviews, and share my Facebook and Blog Pages with all your friends. I need to see a lot of support to encourage me to begin writing the next books in the series. Cheer me on and help support my efforts.

    Watch the Video, Below:



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    My Sweet Infected - More Teasing
    My Sweet Infected - TMI? Please share it with all your friends and help me get started on the next book in the series.http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OQECCHK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00OQECCHK&linkCode=as2&tag=imbizwebcom&linkId=O4XQG66TCXJGS544
    Posted by Charles Miske on Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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  • To be tortured by your own mind (dystopian young adult romantic triangle zombies)

    Do you know what it feels like to be tortured by your own mind?

    The soft sobs came slowly, then quickly. The dark spaces between the trees echoed with it to my sensitive ears. Though surely they would have heard it by now. My knees hit the dirt as I toppled forward, hands gripping my head. It was the end of the world. And that end was me.
    They spoke in a quiet whisper that didn’t come through the sounds of my own tears. Then Linda came through the trees, staggering and weaving a bit lost in the increasing darkness.
    “I’m over here, to your left.” The words were strained, squeezed in between the gasps that fit between the aching pains of my heart that poured out my eyes.
    She stumbled over and her hand grazed my face, found my hands and pulled them to her lips. She tasted my tears in her kisses. I pulled her in tight, to my chest, not an inch of space between us.
    It hurt to have her so close, but it wasn't possible to push her away either. “Why are you doing this?”
    Chapter 17, My Sweet Infected

    Check back for the Kindle Countdown Deal, starting March 30 for only $.99 on Amazon

    I've stated several times now that Anime has been a strong influence on this dystopian young adult romantic triangle with zombies. I love seeing these little pictures on G+ and am happy to share them with you when I run across one that seems meaningful.
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  • Inspiration for My Sweet Infected Zombies and Anime

    I see humans, but no humanity

    (image from G+)

    When our romantic triangle of Porter, Emma, and Linda interact with humans and the zombie-like infected, it's difficult to say who is the monster and who is the human. Stepping back with self-awareness to recognize that there was a new distinction is part of our character's growth.

    The feeling of humanity enveloped me, drew me to the surface of my tense stasis. Linda was close. Her heat and warmth filled me. I needed her. I needed that power like grass needed the sun. I wondered if I would ever go back into the light or if darkness was my eternal destiny. -- My Sweet Infected, Chapter 14

    Be sure to go check it out and purchase 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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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.

Announcing New Additions to The Kindle Unlimited Program

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
  • Finding Time to Train 2014 BUY NOW
  • The 100 Calorie Diet Plan 2013 BUY NOW
  • Ice Climbing Training: In Season Program 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 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.

Amazon Kindle – CLICK HERE

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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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.

Free Sample Chapter on Linkedin: CLICK HERE

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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Planning Your Home Cardio Theater

The first ebook I ever published – Planning Your Home Cardio Theater – is no longer available. It was my first 5-star review on Amazon. It was my first experience formatting for Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook. It was my first experience in publishing. I first published it on Amazon, then on B&N. I retired it on Amazon last Fall, and just now retired it on B&N.

Planning Your Home Cardio Theater

Planning Your Home Cardio Theater

I’m really glad I had a chance to sell it for these past few years, but now it’s time to put it behind me and move on to the future works I have in store for you all.

Thanks!

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Couch to Colorado 14er via Subscription?

Now Opening a Second Cycle.

We have the first wave or participants well on their way to achieving their dreams. Enroll now and see if you can catch up!

Tested by Guinea Pigs!

I’ve been working on “Couch to Colorado 14er” for nearly two years under different titles and with slightly different concepts. I put it up a free rough draft on my Seven Summits Body Blog HERE and got over 100 downloads. I then polled those who downloaded, read, and tested the program for suggestions and other things the rough draft was missing.

Couch to Colorado 14er Ad Copy

Couch to Colorado 14er Ad Copy

I searched for all the tools you need

Last Fall and Winter I spent several months working on updating it with all of the new changes from my Guinea Pigs. .I did an amazing amount of research into competitive programs on Google, Bing, and Amazon. I compared books, program manuals, videos and virtual training programs. I wanted this to be THE ONE PROGRAM YOU NEED.

Couch to Colorado 14er Ad Copy

Couch to Colorado 14er Ad Copy

My biggest training manual yet!

It looks like it will easily be around 300 pages in the final print form. Based on the printing and distribution costs I would need to charge around $40 for the print edition and $12 for the Kindle version.

I would be happy to do that, but got to thinking that if I were to sell it myself I could offer even more than I could with the limited Kindle and paperback format and sell it as a subscription to a bi-weekly email with:

  • training programs
  • video instruction
  • photo illustration
  • question and answer guide

This is the best way to fully serve the needs of those who will be training this Summer 2014 to climb a mountain or take a big hike and fulfill their dreams.

What You Get for Subscribing:

  • 10+ Emails over a 20 week period
  • Chart with Training Goals for each 2 week period
  • Weight Training and Cardio Training Tasks Explained
  • Photo Illustration of Each Workout
  • Video Instruction for Hiking, Packing, and Training
  • I’ll answer the Questions You Send In

All of that for 20 weeks – nearly half a year – for only $40. The price of the paperback edition but with so much more than any paperback can give you.

UPDATE:

If you’re subscribing to the 2nd Wave you’ll get a few of the earlier emails combined into one.

Mount Rainier Crevasse

Face Your Fears – Crevasse on Mount Rainier

Subscribe Now for Only $30 – Until June 30 Only!

  • I’m an Amazon Author with 6 5-star Books since February 2012.
  • I’ve written hundreds of blog posts on my own and other blogs.
  • I wrote, produced and edited commercials
  • I wrote for a regional health magazine
  • My remote training clients range from telecommuting moms to sports professionals
  • I’ve personally tested all of my training and nutrition programs

You can rest assured this is a quality product at a great price. My promise is to give you the training you need to achieve your hiking and trekking goals this year.

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