For the Love of Leadville!

The promotion is over, but please check out the book all the same!

Please take advantage of my Valentine’s Day promotion; Leadville or Bust is available TODAY ONLY for free Kindle download from Amazon:

Leadville or Bust

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I hope you enjoy the book and please leave a review on the Amazon site after you read it.

Thanks in advance!

 

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Not Busted

Leadville or Bust by Chris Chaney is now published on Amazon for Kindle.¬† I’m working on getting a print version out there and will update as soon as I do.

If you’ve not been following the progress of my book please don’t read past posts ūüôā¬† I’ve made numerous assertions over years that the book was almost done, almost ready to publish, etc, etc.¬† There are a lot of reasons its hasn’t seen the light of day until now.¬† For those who have been following my progress I’ll give you the briefest summary as I possibly can ūüôā

In 2010…

Let’s jump forward instead.

At the beginning of 2013 my family moved back to Kentucky from Colorado.¬† Earlier that fall I had DNFed during my first Leadville attempt.¬† I’d been a regular bike blogger since early 2009, and I had been chronicling my journey toward the red carpet at Leadville.¬† When I failed to cross the finish line the stakes went up a bit.¬† I got into the 2013 race through a qualifier, and then we moved 1,200 miles east.

I kept writing; even then I knew I was going to take my blog posts¬†about the Leadville saga in my life and turn them into a book.¬† The hitch was that I hadn’t finished…and who wanted to read a book about a quitter?¬† So I had to go back.

After the 2013 Leadville 100 I came home and wrote up the final chapters of what I thought was going to be a quick self-published Kindle book.¬† And it should have been.¬† However, I got caught up in trying to go big with the book.¬† I tried to shop it to publishers.¬† I looked into vanity presses.¬† In the end it came back to this being a DIY project from start to finish.¬† I couldn’t beg friends and family to read the drafts and give me constructive criticism.¬† Without investing money I really didn’t have there was no way I was going to be able to get the book published as I envisioned it.

So there it sat on the hard drive of my computer in a file titled: LOB FINAL DRAFT.doc.¬† I’d decided there was little else I could do.¬† I was too close to it to see any glaring flaws and it was my darling baby book.¬† How could I kill it?¬† Believe me, I debated it.¬† But I had too much invested emotionally and too much time put into it to delete that file and everything else in the folder with it.

A week or so ago I was driving somewhere and doing my typical daydream thing where I fantasize about my life being exactly how I want it to be (in those fantasy daydreams I’m a writer living modestly but comfortably) and it occurred to me that the book was doing no one any good sitting in that folder on my computer.¬† So I decided to publish it via Kindle and through Amazon’s print-on-demand service.¬† At least then I could share it with those who are/were interested and I could have a physical copy of my book on the bookshelf.¬† Maybe then the demon imp on my shoulder would just shut the hell up.

It took a week because I’m so easily distracted from everything.¬† Finally, one night I was sitting in front of the TV watching not much of anything and I grabbed my laptop and started¬†the process.¬† To get it onto Kindle was fairly easy.¬† I had a great cover design that a good friend had come up with for¬†me a few months ago when I thought I was really going to go through with publication¬†so that was no problem.¬† Once the Kindle was away I started working on the Kindle print-on-demand beta service.¬† I thought that would be easy and that was what I wanted, but once it finally went through I realized I couldn’t offer reduced price author copies.¬† I went back and looked and apparently you can only do that through CreateSpace.¬† So as of today I’m waiting on the CreateSpace review process and then it will be live.

And now I enter the truly nebulous space of promotion.¬† I have no good idea how to promote my work as I have presented it to the world.¬† I’ve shared on social media.¬† I beg those who say they will buy the book (or already have) to review it.¬† Beyond that I’m flying blind.¬† In the whole scheme of things that’s okay.¬† This book was more for me than for fame and glory.¬† I’d love to be able to make a living off of writing, but I never expected that this book would be the one to thrust me that far into the limelight.¬† It’s just not that kind of book.

So for my long time fans and Dear Readers I give you a finished product…finally.¬† And I apologize for not being more decisive years ago.¬† But then that’s totally in character for me.

If you do buy the book in any format please go back to Amazon and give me a review. Be honest and constructive, but please leave something.

Thanks in advance and in the end for all of your support and interest.¬† This has been a great book to write. There have been some really memorable moments in the acts that I ended up describing in the book and in the writing itself.¬† I’m somewhat numb right now to how I feel about suddenly having the book on Kindle.¬† I think I expected more emotion and fanfare.

In the end I hope people enjoy the book and take something positive away from it.  The journey for me was rough, but somewhere along the way, despite my failures, I discovered there is a strength and tenacity in me.  Maybe not a punctualness necessary to be a mountain bike racer or successful author, but definitely something solid under the flab.