Book Club

Posted by martin.parnell |

Most Recent Race completed:

  • Powderface42

  • Date: Saturday July 16th 2011
  • Location: Kananaskis, Alberta
  • Temp: 22C
  • Distance: 44.5km (actual)
  • Run Time: 7hr 39min 17sec
  • Average Heart Rate: 107 BPM
  • Total nos of Runners: 57

In 2010 whilst running the 250 marathons, one of the top questions I was asked was "Are you going to write a book?" I'll be honest it was the last thing on my mind as I trudged through the rain and snow, day after day. Still the Quest ended on December 31st and, as the months passed, and the pain subsided, the idea of a book resurfaced. I've dabbled in the world of book publishing before. In 2008 I self-published three books. The first was a book on my cycle trip across Africa called "How do you eat an Elephant?". The second was an illustrated children's book called "Riverbank Friends". My mother-in-law, Terryanne Roberts, who is a gifted poet, wrote the story and I provided the drawings. The third book was "Pause for Thought". I had the honour of providing photos for Terryanne's spiritual and inspirational poems.

Publishing these books made me realise that self-publishing is a viable option but it sure would be nice to get a publisher interested. Fortunately I have a secret weapon, Lyn Cadence. Lyn and I met, through a mutual friend in the fall of 2009. I needed someone to handle all the Public Relations aspect of Marathon Quest 250 and Lyn stepped forward.

All though 2010 she sent out news releases and lined up interviews for me. She also introduced me to the world of social media. I'm really not very good but she got me going on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter. You can teach an old dog new tricks.

Lyn's background is in the book industry and she agreed to be my Literary Agent. The first thing she told me to do was to put together a book proposal. Some of the key elements for the proposal are a cover letter, author biography, book outline, book title, sample chapter, and marketing plan. While preparing the plan I had several chats with Mary Lou Davis who owns Bentley Books in Cochrane. Mary Lou has given me a number of excellent tips. Did you know that 87% of books are sold based on their cover. She noted it was critical to do something eye catching, with a good title.

The working title for my book is "Marathon" but that might be a bit boring. I think it's vital to have an original title so I'm playing with "Martin Parnell and the 250 marathons", "The Man with the Running Tattoo" and "Twilight: the best time to run 250 marathons".

Any ideas?

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