Would you like to join me on a real life expedition?
One of my dreams for the Bertram Bile and Libby Lane series, is to use the books to generate royalties (money from page reads on Kindle Unlimited, and from hard back book sales) as a way of building up a pile of money that can be used to create an ongoing Bertram Bile Expedition bursary.
It will probably take a long time, but for every book sold or read, there will be more money available for a life long bursary for young people aged between 12-18 to join me on a hardcore expedition, every month, somewhere exciting, doing citizen science research that will help to protect and conserve the world's waterways.
An organisation called Earthwatch already run these expeditions, and I want to give Earthwatch enough money every month, to fund at least 6 Bertram Bile fans from anywhere in the world, to go on one of these expeditions, for free. The bursary will include the expedition cost, travel, visas, vaccinations, and personal kit.
During each expedition we will sit down together and write a special edition Bertram Bile story, set t the site of our expedition, that you'll be credited for as a co-author, with proceeds of sales going towards the funding of more Bertram Bile expedition bursaries. We'll probably film some videos of our adventures too.
With a lot of luck (and book sales) I plan to start these expeditions in 2019, and all you need to do to take part, is to decipher the secret code at the back of each Bertram Bile book, and at the end of the year, send me the words by post, along with a letter telling me why you would like to go on the expedition. Your application will then be passed to the Bertram Bile expedition team at Earthwatch who will decide who to take on each expedition.