February 5, 2013
Revised versions of Chasing the Runner’s High and R is for Running are now out! Both books have improved formatting (I’ve learned a few things since they first came out), I’ve added a new high-res cover to the ebook editions, and I’ve fixed a few things that were missed during the original editing process.
No need to rush out and replace your existing copy (unless you want to :-), but if you purchased a Kindle edition from Amazon, you should be able to upgrade to the new version by requesting it from customer service.
July 1, 2012
I just tallied up my book sales for June and I’ve now sold over one thousand copies of “Chasing the Runner’s High”! Reaching that goal feels good – sort of like qualifying for the Boston Marathon, only instead of sore legs, my butt is sore from sitting at my keyboard. No one’s getting rich, but for an indie publisher, 1000 books is pretty good.
Because I’m me, I’m going to run a few numbers out for you:
Total sold: 1029
Days since publication: 628
Paper copies: 331
(online 194, direct 95, consignment 42)
(Kindle US 422, Kindle foreign 51, Smashwords (mostly Apple) 101, Barnes & Noble 62, Google 21, my eStore 41)
Thanks to everyone who helped me get to this point, especially Ruth, and to all my readers!
June 24, 2012
I looked into making an audiobook version of Chasing the Runner’s High, but it turns out that it would take me an impractical amount of time to create an adequate recording. You can hire people to produce an audiobook for you, but it’s a very expensive undertaking. So on to other projects.
I tried recording a few things before making the decision. On the odd chance that anyone’s interested, here’s a link to me reading Chapter 1. It’s not horrible, but you can see (hear) that it needs work. Still, I hope you find it interesting.
If you do…
June 6, 2012
Jamie Pang returns with a review of Chasing the Runner’s High!
“Part autobiography, part collection of reports and part cautionary tale, Charbonneau’s writing style is straight-forward and easy to read.”
June 1, 2012
For the last year and a half, since I published Chasing the Runner’s High, I’ve been grinding away at marketing the book. I’ve managed to sell almost 1000 copies, and the profits have been enough to keep Felix and Phoebe in cat food, so we’d all like to thank the people who’ve bought a copy and who’ve helped let people know about the book.
Selling that 1000th copy has become a goal, much like qualifying for the Boston Marathon was ten years ago. Now that I’m almost there, I’d be grateful if you could help spread the word about the book for one last push to make it over the line.
My birthday is coming up this month. Reaching 1000 copies would make for a great present
If you’re interested in helping, here are some suggestions:
- Share the link to the Chasing the Runner’s High site on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, your running club’s mailing list, your blog, your podcast, or wherever else you might get the attention of someone who might be interested in reading it. Add a personal note if you can – word-of-”mouth” is the best way to spread the word.
- “Like” Chasing the Runner’s High on Facebook and share the page with your friends.
- Review the book on Amazon, Goodreads, or your favorite book site
- Post something on your blog or in your newsletter (if you need excerpts, images, or review copies beyond what you can scrape off my site, just let me know)
- Stand on the corner and tell people as they walk by (well, maybe not, but you could tell your running friends)
And, of course, you can buy the book
if you haven’t already. Anyone who wants a signed copy can email me
Tell everyone! And thanks again to all of you who’ve bought a copy, and to everyone who wrote to let me know what they thought about the book. I’ve enjoyed hearing from all of you!
April 15, 2012
I always like to hear from my readers. Today Jim Brennan posted a review of Chasing the Runner’s High on his blog, Rite 2Run.
Jim writes, “if you prefer to read a running book to be entertained and inspired, read “Chasing the Runner’s High” by Ray Charbonneau; a running story with a meaningful message told by an experienced marathoner and ultra-marathoner. The author is a commoner who squeezes every ounce of effort from his ordinary talent to achieve extraordinary things. He is the Everyman runner, the guy sitting next to you in the pub, or the guy at a twelve-step program—except his addiction is running.”
After I read Jim’s review, even I felt like I should rush out and buy a copy of my book. One of the most rewarding things about writing the book has been hearing from readers like Jim who let me know that I’ve reached some people in exactly the way I intended.
Jim is working on his own book, Twenty-four Years to Boston–My Journey from the Vegetable Aisle to Boylston Street. With any luck, we’ll be able to read it soon.
March 14, 2012
I’d like to welcome Bear Pond Books in Montpelier VT to the list of fine booksellers who have my books in stock for your immediate reading pleasure.
Looks friendly, doesn’t it? Wander on in today!
March 2, 2012
The Next Chapter Bookstore at 158 North Main St. in Barre VT is the latest place where you can find my books. I’ll also be doing a reading there later this spring – stay tuned…
The store just opened in February. Drop in to say “Hi!” to the staff (and buy something!).