Carstensz Pyramid Off Google Play

In light of reshuffling the books I have available outside of Amazon I have recently removed “Carstensz, Stone Age to Iron Age” from Google Play. They are abysmally slow in taking any action from an admin panel, so it might take a few days to disappear completely from the system.

Carstensz, Stone Age to Iron Age

Carstensz, Stone Age to Iron Age

Right now that leaves “The 100 Calorie Diet Plan” as the only book I have listed with Google Play. I have to admit that it is my best seller there, so for the time being I will leave it published on Google Play. It is possible after my KDP Select contract is up for “Weight Training Secret Manual: 8 Hacks to Beat the Plateau” that I might offer it on Google Play, since it seems that health and fitness books do well there. Perhaps the Droid crowd is in much better shape than the other demographics?

The 100 Calorie Diet Plan

The 100 Calorie Diet Plan

If you need to get a copy of Carstensz, then by all means CLICK HERE for listings on Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

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Elbrus Race 2013 Availability Update

As you might have read a couple days ago, I removed “Planning Your Home Cardio Theater” from B&N. I also mentioned changes in my distribution model coming up for all of my publications.

I have just removed “Elbrus Race 2013″ from B&N and Google Play/Google Books. Sorry for any hassles this might cause you, but it’s still available on Amazon in Kindle and Paperback formats. The Amazon reader is available for free for most O/S and device options.

Elbrus Race 2013

Elbrus Race 2013

This is just a general rearranging of how I distribute my books and publications. I have also stopped selling my online downloads directly from this site via Paypal. I will be selling other products via Paypal, just not the online download of $.99 ebooks. By the time they take out the fees I make less than if I were to just stick with Amazon.

In the past I had stopped enrolling in the KDP Select program, which allows for a few different marketing options but requires exclusivity to Amazon, including downloading of a completely different format (but same content) from your own website. I opted instead to offer my books at different sites, including B&N (which I’m sure would be gone by now without the Microsoft stock buyouts) and Google Play.

I can’t say I will re-enroll in the KDP Select program, but it’s at least an option for these books that I am removing from other distribution outlets. Hope to see your reviews on Amazon. Thanks.

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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?

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

This Fall and Winter I spent several months working on updating it with the new changes. I then sent messages out to my Facebook Pages HERE to get people to sign up for advance notice about the upcoming publication of the training manual. I also posted on Twitter, Linkedin and G+ and got together that list of subscribers and have sent out an email reminder that it’s supposed to be coming in mid-April (like in two weeks).

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. At this point the book is about 5 times the size of my Weight Training Secret Manual HERE and I haven’t even gotten all of the charts, graphs, and photos into it yet.

Couch to Colorado 14er Ad Copy

Couch to Colorado 14er Ad Copy

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 of 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
  • 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.

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Don’t Read The 100 Calorie Diet Plan Before Commenting

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

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

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.

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Carstensz Pyramid Book Published to Google

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

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

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

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.

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The 100 Calorie Diet Plan Published on Google

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 100 Calorie Diet Plan available on Google Play

See this page on Google Play HERE

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

The 100 Calorie Diet Plan on Google Books for Preview

See this page on Google Books HERE

The 100 Calorie Diet Plan Description

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.

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Elbrus Race 2013 Available soon on Nook and Kindle

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

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

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 after Elbrus Race 2013

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.

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Carstensz Second Edition Live at Amazon for Kindle

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]

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Kindle How To: sync updated ebook

What do you do if Amazon sends an email alerting you to an updated ebook on your Kindle? This kindle how to will help explain. First of all, log in to Amazon and go to your Account Page. Then click on the link under Orders -> View Your Kindle Orders.

Kindle How To: View Your Kindle Orders

Kindle How To: View Your Kindle Orders

Kindle How To: automatic update

Next in this Kindle How To I suggest if you just want to trust Amazon to take care of all your books automatically whenever your wireless is on, look for the yellow bar “Automatic Book Update…” and click Learn More. You will get a warning notice about backing up your saved locations and highlights.

Kindle How To: automatic book update

Kindle How To: automatic book update

Near the bottom of the page you will see the section for “Automatic Book Update” – in this Kindle How To I recommend that unless you know a good reason why you do not want automatic updates, click the link for Turn On. This function is automatic and doesn’t reload the page. Just watch the little red OFF change.

Kindle How To: activate automatic updates

Kindle How To: activate automatic updates

If you do take this step shown in this Kindle How To and turn on automatic updates, please check your Kindle to make sure that you have automatic backup enabled to protect your highlights notes and saved locations.

Kindle How To: check your Kindle to enable automatic backup

Kindle How To: check your Kindle to enable automatic backup

Kindle How To: manual update

Now in this Kindle How To, I’ll show how to update manually. If you’d rather not take your chances or trust Amazon find the “View:” drop down to filter out your books. Select “Available for Update” from the list and watch the list change. If you don’t have any books that are updated it will let you know.

Kindle How To: select books that need to be updated

Kindle How To: select books that need to be updated

From the list of books to update, see the link for update available. Click for the balloon, then for Update this title now.

Kindle How To: multiple clicks to get to the update dialog

Kindle How To: multiple clicks to get to the update dialog

Finally this Kindle How To gets to the part where you actually manually update the book. You’ll get the really big scary warning dialog, and a button to Update. After you read that, assuming you do, click to Update your book. It’s about that simple. Yes. That’s why I recommend just turning on Auto Updating. Unless, like I said, you have a reason not to update.

Kindle How To: after reading big scary warning click Update

Kindle How To: after reading big scary warning click Update

From an author’s perspective I’d like to alleviate anyone’s fears about updating. When an author or publisher updates a book, they have to resubmit it to the approval process. When it’s complete it goes into the download folders with all the rest. Amazon will not alert any previous customers to a new edition, or let authors or publishers alert them individually. If an author or publisher feels the book has changed enough, they can contact Amazon and let them know, and they’ll review it and decide if they should alert the previous customers or not. If you get the notice from Amazon, it means the book has passed multiple levels of approval. Like any system it’s possible to “game” it, but in general, I recommend getting the update automatically and save having to remember or think about it. YMMV.

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