July 5th, 2010
11:38 AM ET

The 'Unconventional Book Tour' raises funds for Ethiopia

Chris Guillebeau
AC360° Contributor

Announcing the Unconventional Book Tour

Sixty-four days from today, my first print book hits the stands all across North America. As a result, I'll be traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada to meet readers and raise funds for our Charity: Water campaign to provide clean water in rural Ethiopia.

->Read the details and sign up to come out here


The book is currently on pre-order for a whopping $10.08 over at Amazon. It tells my story and outlines a road map for your own world domination plans. I've been fortunate to get some kind reviews from other authors, and I know that a lot of people will love it. (Since it's fairly provocative, some people won't love it, but that's okay, too.)

Every State, Every Province... Crazy or Epic?

Because I like big goals, I decided to visit all 50 states from September through December to promote the book. That includes Alaska and Hawaii, of course, and the District of Columbia. And, since I couldn't decide between a couple of hard choices (Dallas vs. Houston, San Fran vs. L.A.), I threw them both in. Then, I didn't want to forget my friends north of the border, so I added all 10 provinces in Canada for an extra leg in January 2011.

Why am I doing this?

The first answer is that at all of the meet-ups I've done so far, I've heard fun stories from fascinating people doing remarkable things. A great deal of my daily inspiration comes from all of you reading and participating in various ways from all corners of the planet.

The other day I was on an Alaska Airlines flight and someone tapped me on the shoulder to introduce themselves. A few days later I was in a hotel room in Vancouver and someone called my room because they saw my MacBook on the shared network and said that they read the blog. You guys are everywhere! So, let's take it up a level and go out to meet more people and hear more stories.

The second answer is that this project scares me—in a good way. Not everything that scares you is bad; in fact, many things that scare you are exactly the kinds of things you should be doing. Personal growth and overcoming fear are often correlated.

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Do one thing a day that scares you.” By setting up this tour, I've got 63 days taken care of. I really have no idea how to manage the logistics for this kind of thing, so that's why we decided to put the registration site up now. Better to see who's out there and who wants to get involved, then we’ll know more about how to make it happen.

A Few Notes

Co-Hosts and Special Guests. At many of the stops, I'll be joined by co-hosts: other authors, bloggers, entrepreneurs, travelers, aid workers on leave, and other people from our community. I always like doing my meet-ups with a co-host anyway, but this time it's even more important: many of the tour dates are back-to-back, so there's no way I can arrange the logistics for so many events on my own.

Charity Project: Earlier I mentioned our Ethiopia project. I'll be ramping up the promo for it soon, and this will be a major part of the book tour. Among other things, I'll be donating 100% of my book royalties for every reader I meet on the tour.


Most important! Thanks for reading this. You're awesome. I'm excited to hit the road in September.

I hope to see you on the Unconventional Book Tour. Are you coming out? Can you help? Let me know where you are by signing up on the registration site.

And by the way... are you doing things that scare you?

It's worked out pretty well for me, and all of you are a big part of the journey. Thanks for rocking my world! See you soon.

Editor’s Note: Chris Guillebeau writes for a small army of remarkable people at ChrisGuillebeau.com. Follow Chris's live updates from every country in the world at @chrisguillebeau.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. robert

    the people in louisiana need to take action on the berms that are needed to solve the problem of oil coming ashore.americans don't wait for gov officials to help to solve a problem that we have an answer to. start putting the rocks or boulders down and dare the corp of engs to move them.don't wait,take action now and the rest of america will stand with you

    July 5, 2010 at 11:35 pm |
  2. Di Berube

    sorry, typo, fingure shivered on the one, just thinking about it.. 10

    July 5, 2010 at 1:48 pm |
  3. Di Berube

    All 11 in January, in Canada? That is dedication; some of the provinces (especially the territories) get truly cold and the worst month would normally be, January, obviously, insanely determined. April… before the bugs come out, maybe.

    July 5, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
  4. Lisa Pearl

    Wow! Amazing... In this journey called life it is not complete until we try to do something to change the world that far surpasses just giving a donation to a "worthy cause". You a truly an inspiration. Good Luck!

    July 5, 2010 at 12:12 pm |

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