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.

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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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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.

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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  • Fill out and submit this form to receive the BUY NOW button which will allow you to pay at my store with PayPal for your Pre-Order special locked in price of $32.00 with US shipping included. The button will load back in this location on the page, so you might have to scroll back down if the page jumps up. Otherwise, you'll be receiving an email confirmation and you can just use the email to order. In either case, thank you very much for your order. I sincerely appreciate it.
 

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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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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.

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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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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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