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.
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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
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:
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 is 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 $35 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 $35 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
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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
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 Mountaineering Fitness Beginner Training Program below.
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.
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
What Subscribers Got:
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?
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 = 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
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 = 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
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
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.
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
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
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:
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.
If you’re subscribing to the 2nd Wave you’ll get a few of the earlier emails combined into one.
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.
I posted this article on another of my blogs: Losing Weight While Gaining Muscle CLICK HERE In it I state that it is almost impossible for an average person with an average metabolism to lose weight while gaining muscle without a fair amount of chemical and psychological support.
Sadly, losing weight while gaining muscle is asking your body to two do completely different things at the exact same time. In general, to gain muscle, you need to train your muscles with a bodybuilding protocol. You will do a moderate volume of training at heavy weights. You will go to failure. Your muscle cells will grow and multiply. With more and bigger muscles you will weigh more. This is simple math with simple proven medical science. Your metabolism will adjust so that you can rest more while muscle growth occurs. Sometimes you will have to eat more. — Seven Summits Body Blog
The 100 Calorie Diet Plan
I then proceeded to suggest The 100 Calorie Diet Plan CLICK HERE, a simple system of portion control based on simple sound medical and scientific principles. I’ve made the limited math involved simple enough that a 5th Grader could follow the diet plan. In a recent message board post about the article there were a few interesting comments I’d like to share, in slightly modified form, to protect the innocents.
Comments about The 100 Calorie Diet Plan
meticulous tracking and manipulating .. protein/carb/fat ratios and timing of your intake so that every [bite] is accounted for .. fits the plan
[guided by] my trainer and have found it very stressful with little result
works best with those who can radically change their diet
Those are a few of my favorite comments that I thought it would be important to share. The reason is, that none of these have anything to do with my diet plan book. It’s sad that these various preconceived notions are being applied generically to my book. It’s also sad that these are actually quite common excuses that people use for not achieving their goals.
In the book I make no mention of proteins, carbs, fats or other macronutrients. I state quite clearly that just about anything you do for a few weeks is almost irrelevant in the big scheme of things.
It’s clearly stated in the Diet Plan that you can eat your food whenever you want and whenever it’s convenient for you. You eat however feels good. I wanted it to be simple.
I make no recommendations for a trainer in my book. My own opinion is that most trainers do not have an open mind when it comes to eating. Whatever the writers of their certificate training program put in there is good for them. They might believe in some ratio of macronutrients. They might believe in some timing requirements. For the most part a lot of the common knowledge is based on bodybuilding and has nothing to do with almost anyone who should be reading this book. I can see how it would be stressful, and hope that the failings of your trainer aren’t preventing you from achieving the body of your dreams.
In the book I actually recommend that you just eat whatever you want. The only caveat is that you break it up into small portions. This is the same technique used by restaurants that offer a “healthy meal” option. You get a small chunk of meat, a reasonable size portion of rice and veggies and maybe a small dry salad. Could you eat that on The 100 Calorie Diet Plan? Of course! It’s easy. So I think that claims about radically altering your diet are based on some other agenda.
After losing 60 pounds, upper back at 12% bodyfat while developing The Diet Plan
It’s great though for me to get a chance to see how other people feel about the Diet Plan without even reading it. I get some great ideas for how to better position my book and appeal to the concerns of those who might be willing to make small incremental changes in their lives. To those who desire one of the easiest ways to transform their dreams into action. To those who are willing to accept how simple and basic it truly can be.
Buy the book. Try it out for 6 to 12 weeks. It’s at a great price now everywhere it’s sold in ebook format and well worth it if you learn only one thing that you can apply to your own life.
While I was figuring out how to publish for Google, I did my 100 Calorie Diet Plan first and used that experience to plan for other books. I put up my Carstensz Pyramid book on Google Play and Google Books then as well. Carstensz, Stone Age to Iron Age has been one of my best-selling books on Amazon, and now it’s available on Google Play. It is a compilation of the notebook I kept while on my climb of the highest peak of Indonesia. As part of the continent of Oceania, it’s the highest peak in Australia. It’s one of the most difficult of the Seven Summits to climb.
Sneak Peak into my Carstensz Pyramid book samples on Google Books
Google Books has samples of the chapter structure, photos, and pages from my Carstensz Pyramid book available CLICK HERE
Carstensz Pyramid Book Reviews:
This book is amazing. What Mr. Miske went through on this trip is beyond comprehension for most Americans. Physically and mentally he was put to one of the biggest tests of endurance the body can take. Plus he did a fantastic job telling the story in this book. Whether you’re a climber or not, or even into outdoor adventures, you will enjoy this book. It contains the human element as well as the technical side of things, which makes it a well-balanced and excellent read. — Amazon 5-Stars
Sunset in Bali, Indonesia on the return trip from my Carstensz adventure
An unbelievable account that had me giggling, gasping, and in awe over what Mr. Miske went through. He made it easy to read for someone who knows absolutely nothing about climbing, I appreciated that. (Although I had to Google what “scree” was. Haha) Britney Spears makes an appearance, also some witty commentary that made me just shake my head at what life is like over there. Holy snot! It’s an amazing story. Finished it in one sitting while sacrificing sleep. I had to see him home and safe first. — Amazon 5-Stars
Carstensz Pyramid Book for sale on Google Play
I’ve had my books on Amazon for quite a while now in Kindle and print editions. The Kindle Reader is available for phones, computers, tablets and browsers, so it’s fairly universal. CLICK HERE for article on how to read Kindle books on just about anything. If you have a Google Play account though, and prefer to use that, their app also works just about anywhere on just about anything. With that in mind I published to Google Play CLICK HERE to buy.
My Carstensz Pyramid book is now available for sale on Google Play
Please stop by, purchase my book at one of the best prices on the internet and when you’re done, leave a review. I’d love to get your opinions about it. If you’d prefer to buy it elsewhere or in print, CLICK HERE for more information and links.
The 100 Calorie Diet Plan was first published simultaneously on Nook, Kindle and Createspace Paperback. Shortly thereafter I was introduced to Google Play and Google Books. I had never done a book on Google before. I registered, which turned out to take a few days of bank and ID verification. Then I began to upload The 100 Calorie Diet Plan. They needed EPUB and PDF formats, or at least I was led to believe that by their documentation.
The 100 Calorie Diet Plan available on Google Play
The EPUB formatting was complicated to say the least. Their verification process is at least as intense as Apple is. If not for having to upload it from a new PC, I think I could easily use the final approved EPUB file for ibook. The PDF was apparently never approved, though it was identical to the one that Createspace approved, including the one High Resolution image and embedded fonts. Nevertheless, The 100 Calorie Diet appeared in Google Books and Play in a couple of days. Yes, a couple of days. It’s not as fast as the others: Createspace, Kindle and Nook were all available for sale within 24 hours of clicking the “Publish” button.
The 100 Calorie Diet Plan on Google Books for Preview
If you want to lose fat without losing muscle, or gain muscle without gaining fat, the sound scientific principles and simple elementary school math used in this book give you the best chances of success with a diet plan that gives you complete control over how much of what you eat every day. Your diet will be as varied as your imagination with this simple food portion control plan. Don’t give up your future to chance, take control now.
“Successful people form the habit of doing what failures don’t like to do. They like the results they get by doing what they don’t necessarily enjoy. ”
– Earl Nightingale
If you want to know how to get a paperback or ebook from other stores CLICK HERE for more information.
If you need help learning about goal setting and accountability through mentorship programs and journaling instruction CLICK HERE for more information.
Finally, after going through the ringer getting my books live on Google Play, if you want help learning how to format and publish your book on Google, Createspace, Kindle and Nook, CLICK HERE to learn how I can help you.
This September, 2013, Todd Gilles and I attended Elbrus Race 2013 as “Team Seven Summits Quest”. Kilian Jornet also competed as part of his Summits of My Life quest. We had a great time in spite of almost non-stop storms with high winds and snow. The most I’ve seen at the Barrels in the three times I’ve been there in September.
Kilian Jornet on the tram for Elbrus Race 2013
I took notes on a tablet and on the airplane trip back to the USA I edited them into the manuscript for the “Elbrus Race 2013″ ebook and have been working on it in the past week at my home in Colorado.
Kilian and Vitaly neck and neck for the first Extreme Event in Elbrus Race 2013
With the addition of photos and formatting, the ebook will be available on Nook and Kindle most likely within the week. I hope to offer it at a reduced price to introduce it to a wider audience than my previous books in the Seven Summits Quest series. In spite of the refusal of the Apple store to carry my items, I might be able to offer a direct download here in the near future, for those who cannot deal with B&N or Amazon for one reason or another.
Todd and I thankfully at the bottom of the lifts and off the mountain
I hope you can stop by to purchase the ebook when it’s available and I’d love to hear your opinions and reviews. Thanks.
This post from my Facebook Seven Summits Quest Page has some information on that. Second Edition with nearly 20 pages of additional material available now. If you have already purchased this book, then please hang loose and check for the update in about a week using the process in a previous article. I added the new material after discussing the book with several of those who’ve read it and needed more information. [Purchase Here]