At the moment I’m going through Backpacked and tweaking it as per my editor’s instructions, and since this is taking up all my time and not leaving any for “proper” blog posts, I thought I’d use this fine Friday to give you some more info about the book that I’m equal parts excited and terrified to be releasing into the open world soon.
This is the final cover design for the paperback edition done as per usual by Andrew Brown of DesignforWriters.com. The photo to the top of the front cover is one of two volcanos on the island of Ometepe in Lake Nicaragua, and the photo on the back is of me looking like I’m pondering something on the shores of Lago de Yojoa in Honduras (taken by my best friend and traveling partner, Sheelagh).
When people see these “presentation views” they always ask, “Is the book really that thick?” Well, the thickness of the book in that view is as standard – so no. But Backpacked is thicker than Mousetrapped because – yes, you’ve guessed it – it’s longer. Mousetrapped was about 66,000 words and 232 pages, whereas Backpacked is 73,000 words and about 275 pages.
Its official release date is September 5th. This is less to do with availability and more to do with the fact that it was on September 5th 2006 that I moved to Orlando which in a long chain of events is how this whole thing came to be, so since I’m releasing it in September anyway I thought that’d be a nice touch. I’m not sure exactly when it’ll be available – it could be a couple of days before, a couple of days after – but the first people to know when it is will be those who have signed up to my mailing list.
(Next it’ll be you, dear blog readers, so don’t worry if your inbox can’t take another mass mailing.)
Want a sneak peek at the table of contents? Well, you’re in luck:
- Prologue: Charbroiled in Choluteca
- Departure Day
- Into the Airlock
- The Corrections
- Us Versus the Volcano
- Zona Viva
- Down the Gringo Lane
- Skool Daze
- The Adventurers
- Oh Danny Boy
- Of Red Frogs and Blue Iguanas
- The Brewery
- The Longest Day
- Border Crossing
- What’s Up, Doc?
- The Island
- Jésus Saves
- Goodbyes in Boca
And finally if you visit BackpackedBook.com, you’ll see a slide show of photos on the main page that will give you a good idea of the misadventures Backpacked has in store.
Also if you were wondering, my prices are staying the same:$14.95 for the paperback and $2.99 for the e-book.