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Be part of The Ultimate Runner, a book for runners by runners

Posted Apr 28 2009 11:25am

We want to update everyone about a new publishing opportunity for runners and a new direction we are taking with the Runners' Lounge Book Project.

An Exciting New Book about Running

In the last month, as we have began editing the collection of stories we received from runners, we were contacted byHCI Books, a professional publisher about a book they are compiling called The Ultimate Runner, a collection of inspirational stories, photos and tips about running by runners.   After talking with the publisher, we quickly realized these two book ideas shared a common vision and outcome— to help runners share their stories.   With HCI Books' experience and expertise publishing the successful Ultimate book series, we believe that stories like many of those submitted have the potential to go farther by partnering with the Ultimate publishing team rather than working alone to publish a Runners' Lounge book on the same topic.
So rather than focus on two similar book projects, including editing, design, promotion, and printing, we are partnering with HCI to help them create the spirit of The Ultimate Runner, and hope runners everywhere will see this as an attractive publishing option. We believe there will be future opportunities for books, including ebooks, from the Runners' Lounge online community.  But at this time, with this exciting opportunity, we want to invite you to submit your original story to be published in The Ultimate Runner.    

We' re sharing everything you' ll want to know about the book because we think you’ll find it is a very appealing publication.  Many runners have a story to tell from the heart, and we believe many of you might want to consider submitting to The Ultimate Runner as it represents an extensive, far-reaching audience, and even a chance to be paid for your contribution.

Original Runners’ Lounge Book Takes New Direction

So what about the story that have been submitted?  Runners submitted a wide variety of articles—topics, lessons, written style, etc. To follow through on the original goal to share stories, Runners’ Lounge will publish all stories which were submitted in the Inspiration and Stories section of the web site.  While this change is different than the original plans for the book, this direction is more consistent with the always-inclusive, always-free nature of the shared resources at Runners’ Lounge.  We are excited to put all the stories submitted into the hands of runners to enjoy!  All stories will be published on Runners' Lounge by May 5th.

Thank you to everyone for their enthusiasm for the book project, for the articles you submitted and for your patience and support for the collaborative spirit of the project.

Join us in spreading the word about The Ultimate Runner and encourage others to submit their stories, photos, and tips.  Please share the details of this special publishing opportunity with your running blogging friends, running partners, running clubs, local race directors, running retailers, and running enthusiasts in your community!

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