In November 2016, Ellis J Stewart from the UK released a self-published story detailing two attempts to climb Mount Everest, in 2014 and again in 2015. The story also detailed his early life and the journey he took to the foot of Everest, twice. This story, which became a paperback and kindle book called Everest: It’s not about the Summit was only possible because of the support Ellis received when he launched a pre-sale campaign through the GoFundMe platform. Ellis managed to raise enough to cover the initial print run and the professional editing costs. The book was released to generally positive reviews and is available everywhere exclusively through Amazon.
I personally havea signed copy of Everest: It’s not about the Summit in my own collection of Mount Everest first edition related books, as you can see in the photograph below.
Photo (C) Colin Wallace
Ellis has repeatedly been asked over the past year if the book is available in a hardcover format. As the book was self-published the expense of this meant it wasn’t possible. However after a recent feedback exercise online where Ellis asked if anyone would once more buy the book, but this time in the hardcover format, the response was overwhelmingly in favour of releasing Everest: It’s not about the Summit, as a hardcover, which Ellis now hopes to do through a new campaign. Ellis is looking to raise enough to cover the printing and publishing costs of 250 books. By his own admission he does not envisage having any more than this produced. If you were one of the many people who contacted Ellis asking for the book as a hardcover then this is your one only opportunity to pre-order and reserve a copy.
Each book will be personally numbered from 1 through to 250 so 1/250, 2/250 etc. Ellis will also sign every copy.
Any profits that are created above and beyond the costs of the book will be donated to a Nepal charity. In the past Ellis has raised money through the sale of the paperback version of the book and through t-shirts for the Juniper Fund, Community Action Nepal, Kidasha and a Sherpa guide called Sukman Pakhrin whose village was flattened during the 2015 earthquake. Ellis would like to once more give back however small or large an amount he is able to through the book.
Photo (C) Ellis Stewart
A few months ago Ellis decided to stop doing motivational talks on the strength of his two Everest attempts. He told The British Mount Everest story recently that he personally felt like a fraud talking about the mountain when he didn’t reach the summit. However if this campaign is a success Ellis will do one final talk to coincide with the release of the hardcover. This will be once more in the North-East. Again all profits from the evening including any books will go to a Nepal charity.
Any book orders through the page link will be sent out in time for Christmas.
This time last year Ellis was able to bring out his book due to the generosity of hundreds who pledged to buy the paperback upon its release. You can support Ellis one last time in helping him to turn the book into a hardcover.
You can view the GoFundMe page here
Ellis is tracking progress by way of daily video updates, which he is adding to YouTube. You can follow his channel here.
Photo (C) Ellis Stewart