Barry Finlay has turned the adventure of a lifetime into Kilimanjaro and Beyond, available on Amazon and other platforms. Barry has done book signings, presentations, and used social media – among other techniques – and shares his thoughts here.
1. Pretend for a moment I’m a reader looking for my next book. Pitch me one of your books in five to ten sentences.
Kilimanjaro and Beyond is a true life adventure about my journey, at age 60, from the couch to a mountain top and beyond with my son. It describes the mental and physical challenges of scaling one of the world’s seven summits. But it also describes my family’s work to use the mountain as a platform to raise enough money to build a classroom and drill a well in one of Africa’s poorer communities. It is the story of the satisfaction one can achieve by helping oneself and others.
Kilimanjaro and Beyond leaves us with two messages. The first is that it is never too late to pursue a dream. The second is that every mountain top we face is within reach if we just keep climbing.
2. What motivated you to become an indie writer?
I realized when I started to make presentations about my journey after we returned that I had a story to tell that was interesting and inspirational for people. I decided that it was a story waiting to be written and that I wanted to write it.
3. Have you been traditionally published? Why or why not?
I have not been traditionally published. I sent a few feelers out but I really didn’t pursue it seriously after reading about other author experiences. I wanted the book to come out as soon as possible so the self-publishing route seemed to be the way to go.
4. How have you liked self-publishing so far?
It has been a good experience although I think every self-published author will tell you that writing the book is the easy part. Making people aware of it is much more difficult.