After yesterdays somewhat “heavy” blog on doping in sport todays is a much less taxing one for you the reader, and for me as a writer I suppose. I just wanted to update you on things book wise. So don’t worry this advertorial will be short.
1. This Saturday I’ll be appearing at the Portsmouth Book Festival. The renowned festival runs over several days and features some legends of the writing world, in particular Horror Writer James Herbert. There are also other ‘world class’ authors appearing such as Adele Parks, Dorothy Koomson, Matt Hilton and Andy McNabb. I’m really quite flattered to be invited along to speak as I still don’t see myself as a proper author. I’m a wannabe triathlete that occasionally writes something worth reading, and it won’t matter how many books I write or sell that’s the way it will always be in my mind.
I’m taking part in their “Reading Marathon” event on Saturday at 12 noon along with Running with the Kenyans writer Adharanand Finn and debut novelist Helen Summer with Running Crazy. Two excellent books by the way, check them out. I’ll be giving an illustrated talk for about 45 minutes, taking questions and then doing a books signing. There will be an hours gap until Helen comes on. It only costs £5 for the 3 talks, which seems good value to me. So if you are in the area, and there’s nowt on the telly that afternoon come along and say Hi or indeed heckle. That’s why I love doing these things, although I get very nervous beforehand, I love meeting people, hearing about their journeys and getting the chance to help them in a tiny way. Can’t say I’m looking forward to the 290 mile drive tomorrow night though.
2. The second book has been signed off by my editor. It will be published on the 1st January 2013 and will be called:
Can’t Sleep, Can’t Train, Can’t Stop! : More Misadventures in Triathlon
It’s 30,000 words longer than book one, and contains a chapter written by my wife Emma, which I haven’t seen giving her take on things.
I’m not sure yet if it will be released on kindle at the same time as the print version, I’m hoping so. I’m also hoping to be able to offer my blog readers a world exclusive in the next week or so with the publication of Chapter One. I need permission for that to happen from my publisher. Also hopefully I’ll have a cover design to show you as well.
It’s all very exciting. I’ll be back next week to tell you about how my training is going. In a word : Good but more on that next time.
Have a great weekend everyone and remember if you are in the Portsmouth area come along and say hello, contrary to the rumour started by Viking : I don’t bite.