Latest Update: October 25, 2019
Lots of info to share today, let’s hop to it. I’m thrilled to say that the book is now about 90% written! I will quickly pour some Mongolian icy river water on that news, as I know that the final ten percent is the hardest (like all projects, right?). Still, I’m quite pleased with the progress, and I’m eager to get it completed so that the book can enter its next stage- a comprehensive, final edit.
AUDIO BOOK NEWS! As mentioned last time, I have confirmed that there will be an audio version of The Trans Asia Endeavour. A few things I want to emphasize: I don’t know what format the audio version will take (possibly a podcast in segments, possibly a more traditional audio book), and I can pretty much guarantee that the audio version will be released after the printed and eBook versions have gone on sale. Some hefty unknowns there, but there is one piece of news I’m happy to share:
Anyone who is subscribed to this mailing list and who pre-orders a printed copy of the book, is going to receive the audio version for FREE. That’s one of my thank yous to everyone who’s been so incredibly supportive.
I know that there are folks who only plan to buy the eBook version. You’re not forgotten! All I can say is, there will be a smokin’ deal on the audio version when you purchase the eBook. If I can find a way to give the audio one to you, I will, but no promises.
Thanks as always for your encouragement and support.
UPDATE: October 17, 2019
I know, I know, no excerpts for the last two weeks. I’ve been tirelessly organizing the Appendices, which has been more challenging than organizing my garage. While I am keenly aware that bike selection, bike building, equipment selection, logistics lists, all that juicy stuff is critically important info to many readers, I also don’t want it to bog down the narrative. I’ll touch upon these items during the course of the book, but unless there’s some sort of public outcry, the detailed minutiae will go into the Appendices.
I’m a-thinkin’, three main categories:
The Motorcycle (selecting the bike, subsequently outfitting it)
The Gear (selecting luggage, clothing, tools and spares)
The Travel (logistics, visas, border crossing info, trans-continental motorcycle transport)
Suggestions? Comments? Let me know.
Next week I’ll be sharing excerpts about two border crossing incidents. One of which involves Angry Swiss Dude assaulting the bike as he tried to let the air out of my tires, while the other details “Interrogation Room X” where I answered questions for many hours upon first attempting to enter Russia!
Spoiler: there was no waterboarding involved.
I continue to be amazed by the growth of the email list, my continued thanks to all who are showing such enthusiasm and encouragement. If you have interest in the book, I strongly encourage you to sign up, as email subscribers are going to get some nifty exclusive perks once the pre-orders begin.
UPDATE: October 3, 2019
Just a quick note: CONFIRMED, there will be an audio version of The Trans Asia Endeavour! I received no less than 73 requests for it, thanks to everyone for their feedback!
UPDATE: September 29, 2019
As you can see from the photo below, I’m combining old school with new school: that’s an 1891(!) first printing of Advanced Lessons in English Grammar, along with the ubiquitous MS Word. I shall leave no resource underutilized as I strive to make this a story you’ll enjoy reading and of which I shall be proud.
Because I didn’t begin posting lengthy recaps of my misadventures until about the two thirds stage of the trip, I have now completed the book through the end of my expedition. I’m now working my way from the start of my Trans Asia Endeavour; all told, I’ve completed about three quarters of the written portion of the book.
I am still uncertain if there will be an audio version. If you’re a strong proponent, speak up and use the contact form or the comments below, or sign up for the email updates.
UPDATE: September 19, 2019
It’s been a decade since I’ve focused on my own original writings. After so many years of editing the works of others, it’s been a real joy to find inspiration in my travels and adventures.
Progress has been very good; the book is now two thirds complete! That’s the advantage of all the note-taking and writing I’ve done during rest days throughout this Trans Asia Endeavour.
Let’s talk book dimensions: I’ve had lots of input on this subject already, ranging from “just do a small paperback, your stories don’t need photos” to “do a huge coffee table book with 400 pages of photos and a gold leaf cover!”
Outside of the coffee table book suggestion, the most consistent feedback I’ve received is: don’t make it so large that it can’t be tossed into a backpack, briefcase or purse for reading on the airplane or at the coffee shop.
Aside from the printed product, YES, there will be an eBook as well. Audio version… that is still up in the air, it’s a 50/50 proposition at this point.
Thoughts? Comments? Ideas? Suggestions? I’d love to hear them. Use the contact form or the comments below, or sign up for the email updates.
UPDATE: September 14, 2019
Yes, there is going to be a book. My sincerest gratitude to everyone who has encouraged me, it has been very humbling.
Yes, there will be a subscription email list. You can sign up using the form at the bottom of this page, or in the top right column. I swear on the patron saint of motorcycle adventuring, I will never share your email with anyone, ever.
Yes, I will still be posting excerpts on Facebook, but starting September 18, email subscribers will get first access to excerpts and the latest news about the book, which will include a pre-order option.
If you’re enthused for this project, I modestly request that you spread the word (ie share), because even though I make my living as a freelance editor/writer, I’m an abject failure at self-promotion. I’d rather visit the dentist, or worse, ride in the sand, than market myself.
Because I have worked extensively in the worlds of publishing and journalism, I am very familiar with the assembling, organization, and art direction of magazines and books. I am eager to translate those experiences into a final product that people will enjoy reading.
When will it be out? Well, it is already over halfway completed, that’s the advantage of writing on my rest days as I’ve been riding across Asia! I expect to announce a release date before the end of September.
Warmest regards to all,
Jeff / Backpacker Moto
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