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I Guess I'll Go Ahead and Let the Cat Out of the Bag

Well, it's official, at least on paper: I finally signed a publishing contract to put out the book I've been chipping away at for the past year. If I haven't been posting here too much of late, well, you know why...

The book is titled "Dispatches from the Daehan: Six Years on the Korean Peninsula." It's a travel memoir of sorts, with a lot of other information about teaching here and steeping in the culture. It's being put out by Signal 8 Press, a new indie press out of Hong Kong being started by writer/publisher/editor and general madman Marshall Moore, aka msminpdx.

There's really not a lot out there on Korea right now. There's some scholarly work that gets published - much of it dealing with The North - but very little in terms of travel writing and first person points of view. The blogosphere is full of stuff but the book shelf is looking a bit light. I was just in Powell's this summer, which is the largest bookstore in the Northwest, if not on the whole of the West Coast, and checked out the "Asian Studies" section. There was a whole AISLE of stuff, mostly concerning itself with China and Japan. When I got the "Korea" section, I saw that it occupied just three measly rows (more like two and a half, really).

With thousands of teachers schlupping it over here every year, I think there is a market for this thing; my publisher evidently agrees, so if all goes as planned, there will be a book available, both in print and online, sometime this late spring.

I still have a lot of work to do. I'm finishing up the last couple of chapters and have a fuckload of revision ahead of me. I've got two months to do it in, so I'm freeing up my schedule and gettin' to work.

So don't expect too much around here in the near future. Once I'm done with this thing I can play again, though "play" is the wrong word, since it's this here blog that gave birth to the book.

I'm stoked and stressed and jumping into the damn acid bath. A typhoon is approaching The Peninsula as I write, which is somehow appropriate... I like a bit of a tempest.


Hi-FIVE. That's pretty exciting stuff, I'm sure you'll let us know when it's available?

Super awesome. I'd love to do something similar one day. Although the Europe bookshelf is quite sagging, ain't it.
I'll definitely be pimping the thing once a release date is firmed up. There's still a lot of work to do until then but I figured it's time to let people know.


There's always room for more books, as long as the point of view is sharp and the writing is good.
That's fantastic new Chris!
Thanks D!


seen this one...


its in my local library. looks shit tho'.
Holy shit! Congratulations! Woo hooo!!!
you = rockstar
sell out
I'm very happy to be getting published, but the irony is that you'll probably make a lot more off your book than I will, Bravo. As a self-publisher you get to enjoy all of the proceeds from any sales, while I am only entitled to a cut.
it's not irony. It's called planning your future. Making your own way in the world.

If a publisher offered me $50,000 to print/sell/distribute my book at no cost or work to/from me -- that would be incredible for a first time, unpublished writer. But if $50,000 was all I was going to get for writing this ONE BOOK, I'd tell them to get the F out of town. If I sell 5000 copies myself at 10 bucks a pop, that's 50,000 doll hairs for me and mine. Is any publisher going to offer me 10 bucks per book sold? I think not. F them.

Life is all about the big picture. People often can't see the forest for the trees. That's not my original line.

I quote a lot of people in my book, people much smarter than me. People like Ford Fairlane

"Hey baby, I'll take you out tonight, shove a hamburger down your throat, show you a good time."

That Andrew Dice Clay sure was smooth.
Fair enough, Bravo, but a publisher gives you DISTRIBUTION and hookups in the media, which is essential. I respect the DYI ethic, but you'll have to bust your ass to move books. I for one, hate being a salesman more than anything in the world. I just can't do it. I'd rather have someone else pimp my shit, even if it means I make less money.

That's just me.


Congrats, Chris! Very cool, indeed. When you know more, please let us all know. I have another friend who's nephew just got back from Special K himself, having done what you've been doing. So many people do this! So glad you've got a writing project. Working is the best thing for a person, don't you think?


Почти все хорошие друзья уже съездили по программе work and travel 2011, остались безмерно рады. Недавно и я также захотел. К тому же капитала есть возможность заработать немало. Да и попутешествовать успеешь за границей. Лавина незабываемых впечатлений обеспечена!


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