Finally, FINALLY, I’m approaching the finish line. I knew that book publishing would be a humongous chore, but it was an even bigger chore. A lot of nitpicky formatting work, like getting a numbered list converted to Kindle format (full disclosure: it didn’t). ...
The good news is, my book about my Kilimanjaro adventure is coming out soon.
The bad news is, I can’t decide on the frikkin’ (as co-climber Mike would phrase it) title! I’ve been agonizing longer about that title than my daughter does about deciding what to order in a restaurant. ...
So I’ve written my Kilimanjaro book. I’ve also hired an editor, gotten the ball rolling on cover design, and educated myself on the intricacies of self-publishing. Then there ...
- If you don’t tell anyone you’ll be writing a book, you’ll feel compelled to keep doing everything else you’ve already been doing on a daily basis just to keep up appearances, i.e. keeping up your blog (not to mention checking homework and cooking dinner,) and the time slot left over for actually writing your book will fall between midnight and two in the morning, meaning you will have to take a loan on your future book royalties to pay for the Nespresso capsules you need to keep going.
- If you don’t tell anyone you’ll be writing a book, the only person who’ll be encouraging you to write your book will be you, and every writer knows that that is possibly the single worst person in the world to give you any positive reinforcement.
- If you don’t tell anyone you’ll be writing a book, you won’t have any deadline. Meaning every other thing landing on your desk that has a deadline, like calling the exterminator, folding laundry, buying groceries, and making a dentist appointment for your spouse and children will appear on your to-do list above writing your book, which gets us back to point 1).
Given all this, it seems as if the risks of NOT telling anyone might actually outweigh the risk of spilling the secret. Because what’s so bad about people knowing you’re writing a book?I’ll tell you what’s bad. Now you actually have to write that (gulp) book! The good news is that I have, in fact, written it. For the last three months, I have labored away and manufactured a coherent story out of my (and Zax’s) Kilimanjaro climb that I think is halfway readable, devoid of the most glaring typos, and actually adds tons of new material and information not previously found in my blog posts on the same topic. So that even my most loyal readers will get something out of it instead of feeling cheated. “Great,“ you might say, “where can I get it?” Well, ahem, you can’t. Not yet. Because “devoid of any typos” of course doesn’t even begin to meet my standards (you might call them anal but I like to think of them as professional). If I’m going to write a book, I’ll do it well. Or at least try. So for the last few days, ever since I made the final save on ‘Kilimanjaro Diary’, I have been educating myself about the world of book publishing. Self-publishing, actually, because the idea of sending off my manuscript and then waiting for years for a response, which most likely will be a stack of rejection letters if I am so privileged to even get any at all, does not appeal to me in the least. I’ve been a blogger with the power to instantly publish for too long to want to go through that. But even self-publishing needs to be professional. More so, actually. I could just go ahead and upload all 68,000 words through Amazon’s Kindle Publishing and voila, you could be reading about sore feet and stunning vistas and toilet tents and perseverance (but really, mostly toilet tents) as early as tonight while sipping a nice glass of wine.
But I won’t. Instead, I’ve been reading Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing by ...
- Wherever you are in life, it’s always a good idea to plan a new adventure. (But get yourself some good boots and take a few extra packs of wet wipes.)
- Everyone needs a mountain to scale
Distance: 12-13 km, 6-7 hours to Mweka Camp and 10 km, 3 hours to Machame Gate
Elevation: 1600 m descent from Barafu to Mweka Camp at 3000 m and 1200 m descent from Mweka Camp to Machame Gate at 1800 m.
Descending Kili: One minute you’re next to a glacier, and the next you’re in the rainforest.
Technically, this diary entry begins on the morning of Day six. I had left off with having come ...
Barafu to Uhuru Peak, very early Friday Sep 7, 2012
Distance: 5-6 km, 7.5 hours
Elevation: 1300 m climb from 4600 m to 5895 m
Sunrise over Stella Point, Mount Kilimanjaro, early morning Sep 7, 2012
I’m lying in my tent, awake, and glancing at my watch occasionally. I wish time would speed up. It’s summit night – we are actually technically still on Day 5, at least ...
Karanga to Barafu, Thursday Sep 6, 2012
Distance: 4 km, 3-4 hours
Elevation: 400 m net climb from 4200 m to 4600 m
One of my favorite Kilimanjaro pictures, the view of Kibo from Karanga Valley camp
Going from Karanga to Barafu is a relatively easy hike. As I’ve said before, if you do the Machame Route in six days instead of seven, you’d go all the way from Barranco ...
Barranco to Karanga, Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012
Distance: 5 km, 4-5 hours
Elevation: 250 m net climb from 3950 m to 4200 m
Everybody seems well-rested this gorgeous morning, including myself. I feel like I’m reborn, even though sleep has been ...