In my previous post I explained how I was finding it difficult to adjust to my “post-LEJOG” world. The cure it seemed was to begin planning another walk, however that adventure is two years away and I needed to channel my energy into something right now. The result is my very first book.
I had been contemplating a book for quite some time however I wondered how worthwhile it would be considering the detail I included on my blog. In the end I felt this was one adventure that deserved the extra effort and in publishing the book I’ve crossed another item off my bucket list.
I decided not to rewrite my blog entries but to restrict myself to minor edits such as typos and removing references that made little sense in book form. I’ve complemented the original text with maps and over 250 photos, some of which were not featured in my online gallery. I’ve also reflected on many aspects of my journey in other sections of the book, including the chapter introductions.
I published the book through Blurb.com and they include a slick little preview tool that lets you browse a small version of the entire book. The motivation behind the book was not a monetary one but I have decided to offer the book for sale through Blurb’s online bookstore. They offer a print-on-demand service and so even though the book was written in Canada and published through a US company it will likely be printed in your own country (my copies were printed in Calgary and shipped to me by Canada Post). I believe copies purchased in the UK will be printed in the UK. I’ve found the service extremely quick, in fact I received my first copy of the book within 4 business days of submitting the order … amazing!
It’s been a fun experiment and in the end I have a great souvenir of my End to End walk. If you’re considering a book of your own and have any questions please feel free to ask.