National Make a Book Day - Everyone has a Story

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National Make a Book Day - Everyone has a Story

I was looking for inspiration for this month’s column so I decided to use the mighty Google and see what holiday’s occurred on today, Thursday May 6th.

Well, I was certainly spoiled for choice. I found the following holidays and observances:  International No Diet Day, National Beverage Day, National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, National Crepes Suzette Day, National Day of Prayer, National Day of Reason, National Nurses Day, National Tourist Appreciation Day, National No Homework Day, and National World Password Day.

However, the one I decided to go with was National Make a Book Day which is part of National Family Reading week.

I started making books as a youngster on my summer holiday travels. Our family had an Aunty Tettler living in the Black Forest in Germany and Mum and Dad and us six kids would head off on a road trip to visit her. Each sibling had a journal and we would write a daily entry about our adventures and stick straws, napkins and ticket stubs into the book.

My book endeavours continued and in 2005 I completed a cycle trip across Africa. Each night in my tent I’d write my blog in a leather bound journal given to me by my daughter Kristina. At the end of the trip I made up a manuscript of the entries plus photos and sent them into They printed off 25 hard copies of “How do you Eat an Elephant – One piece at a time”. My family all knew what they were going to get for Christmas.

Since then I have had three books published by Rocky Mountain Books: “Marathon Quest”, about running 250 marathons in one year; “Running to the Edge”, about raising 1.3m for the children’s charity Right to Play and “The Secret Marathon”, Empowering women and girls in Afghanistan through sport. My fourth book “The Ageless Athlete – Age is just a Number” is scheduled for release on September 28th 2021.

Here are three keys to writing a book:

  1. Pick a subject you’re passionate about. Write from the heart.
  2. Chunk it down. Tell yourself that you only need to write for 10 minutes. Once you get going you’ll be surprised how you can keep going.
  3. Write first, edit later. Just get the words down.

So remember: everyone has a story and a book in them.

About the Author

Martin Parnell is the Best-Selling author of MARATHON QUEST and RUNNING TO THE EDGE and his final book in the Marathon Trilogy, THE SECRET MARATHON-Empowering women and girls in Afghanistan through sport, was released on October 30th 2018. He speaks on having a “Finish the Race Attitude – Set Goals, Overcome Obstacles and Achieve Outstanding Results” and has written for, or been covered by CNNBBCCBCThe Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Runners World, Men’s Journal, Canadian Business, and Maclean’s.

In a five year period, from 2010 to 2014, Martin completed 10 extreme endurance “Quests” including running 250 marathons in one year and raising $1.3m for the humanitarian organization Right To Play. In 2016 he ran the Marathon of Afghanistan in support of Afghan women and girls running for equality and his film “The Secret Marathon” was released in late 2019. Find out more about Martin at  and see what he can do for you in the long run.

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