Most travel books are written after the event, in a comfortable home. What’s missing is a book that lets you observe the writing process, as the journey is taking place.
I invite you to become part of my next book -- Writing on a Bike: Observations from a dis-United Kingdom -- a book I will write as I cycle around Britain.
(Even though I hit my funding target in just 3 days I'd be really grateful for any more pledges as I'm going to need every penny I can get; each pledge will keep me cycling and writing for a bit longer. It's also a cool way to keep people updated about what I'm up to. I love writing short updates from here to my new new Kickstarter friends).
If I raise more than requested here it will keep me on the road for a bit longer.
Will you join me on this journey?
Risks and challenges
Kickstarter require me to write about the "risks and challenges...What unique challenges might you face after your project is successfully funded? How would you tackle them?"
When I used to write funding proposals for aid agencies this was the most boring part, but here I'll try to jazz it up a bit.
This project is ready to go (I'm ready to go) and I have the full support of my publisher. No other approvals are needed.
What Could Possibly go Wrong? (and, if it does, how will I deal with it?)
1. BREXIT-INDUCED BORDER CHAOS DELAYS BOOK DELIVERY:
My travel book (9 Months in Tibet) is being printed in Poland and shipped to Scotland at the end of July 2016. It is possible that Calais is hit by chaos or strikes and our truck is delayed. If this happens my kickstarter sponsors will get the book a bit later, in September rather than August.
2. WIMP OUT:
I haven't done a bike tour of this length before (I'm planning to ride for 3 months) and it is possible that I run out of energy and have to give up. This is unlikely as I have relevant experiences (I rode a horse across Tibet and trekked across Serbia) and know that the more I get into this type of journey the fitter I become. And even if I did wimp out I would write about what happened and have a lot of fun describing my own weaknesses -- resulting in a slightly different type of travel book.
3. RUN OUT OF MONEY
I will be earning money on the road by selling copies of 9 Months in Tibet and it is possible that I fail to sell enough to sustain myself. However, I have experience of running out of cash in many parts of the world (including Tibet) and each time I have found a suitable way to make a buck. I'm confident that I will find ways to sustain myself.
4. GET RUN DOWN:
There is always a risk of getting run down by a car or truck on the road. Fortunately I have a lot of cycling experience, know how to avoid dangerous moments and always have rear lights flashing. Equally importantly, I have over 30 years driving experience and this enables me to understand and predict the behaviour of drivers. This is the key factor to avoiding accidents. If I do end up in hospital and am not in a coma, I will keep writing my observations -- a few chapters about being in a hospital could be quite interesting.
5. IT'S SO GOOD I WON'T WANT TO STOP
I'm planning to ride for a minimum of 1 month and a maximum of 3 months. Then I will go back to Liverpool where my base and partner is. But maybe I will like this nomadic lifestyle so much, and I will churn out books really fast, make a good living by selling them and will never want to go home again. I'm not really sure what I'll do if this happens.
- (14 days)