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    Anyone interested?

    Hello out there in TeakDoor Land

    I am currently working on a new book on the expatriate experience in Asia for a publisher in the UK. I am asking if you are interested in helping out a fellow expat. I am currently attempting to compile a series of interesting “case studies” to balance some of the more theoretical parts of the book. If you are interested in having your case included in the book, I would like to send you a fairly short questionnaire about yourself and your experience. I can use your real name or a pseudonym and attempt to modify your information without losing the flavor of your experience living and working abroad. If you allow your real name to be used, I will allow you to see and approve of your case study before going to press. If you would like me to use a pseudonym, I will make every reasonable effort to hide your identity, but make no guarantee that no one will be able to recognize that actual identity of the person described in the book. However, I have no intention of attempting to embarrass anyone, in fact it is hoped to show the expatriate experience and individual expatriates in a positive light. If requested, I can provide you with samples of some other writings so that you will have an idea of the type of book it will be. It is hoped this book when finished will be of use to a wide range of expatriates, including those of us who have worked in Asia in non-traditional “expatriate” roles.

    If you are interested and willing to spent a few minutes to help out a fellow ex-pat, please send me an e-mail jackstraw_thailand@yahoo.com

    Can’t promise any money, but would be willing to buy a few brews if a meeting could be arranged for anyone willing to tell their life story to an interested listener. I am currently in Northern Thailand but often travel to BKK.

    Cheers

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    sounds like fun... why not.!

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    hehehehehe... I think the Dog should be up for this

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    Already got loads of publications, how will yours be any different?:








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    Quote Originally Posted by Accidental Ajarn
    I will make every reasonable effort to hide your identity, but make no guarantee that no one will be able to recognize that actual identity of the person described in the book. However, I have no intention of attempting to embarrass anyone, in fact it is hoped to show the expatriate experience and individual expatriates in a positive light
    I take it that you are assuming that someone will read this book ?

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    DJ Pat

    The book is not specifically about Thailand and is targeted to a very different audience than the books you referred to.

    Blackgang

    Well, yes that is the idea. This is not my first book or piece of writing, and a publisher usually does not make a contract for a book unless they think there is a market for it. I know it will be read at least by my mother. One is always hopeful that a project like this has some level of success, if not, why bother?

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    I'm keen, sounds quite interesting - not that I'm personally really that interesting myself but the circumstances of my coming to be here are quite off-beat.

    If you like email me the questionnaire thingy: antrobertson@hotmail.com

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    Sent

    Thanks

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    SO you want our stories/help to write your book. great stuff.

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    I am currently attempting to compile a series of interesting “case studies” to balance some of the more theoretical parts of the book.


    do ya wanna give us any less info abt dis book? ie wotz R theme? ie. prostitution in asia? sexpats? teaching ennerish overseas?

    may help ya know.

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    Kinfwillyhggtb

    It is an “academic” study of expatriates. It will cover the typical expatriate issues that are found in the typical human resource management approaches, selection, training, support, repatriation, but it will also cover what I call independent expatriates, those of us (me included) that are working voluntarily in Asia without being part of a large MNC from back home, entrepreneurs, teachers, chefs, writers, etc… It is a “serious” work that is primarily targeted to HR managers and academics involved in HR management, but hopefully it will also be accessible to a secondary target market of intelligent expats, or those thinking about becoming expats, who are not scholars or specialists in the field. The book has a specific focus that makes it different than other books on the market.

    Don’t expect to see the book on the NY Times bestsellers list, but hopefully it would be found in some university libraries around the world.

    The section where the "case-studies” of expats will be found will hopefully balance some of the more intense theoretical parts of the book. I don’t want to write a “lightweight” book, but I also don’t want the book to be unreadable to anyone without a Ph.D. in International Human Resource Management.

    Does this help?

    If you are not interested, that's OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Accidental Ajarn
    to a secondary target market of intelligent expats
    Thats an extremely limited market though, isn't it?

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    I think my situation and how it came to be is unique, not totally but I have never met anybody with a similar story, furthermore I have had many experiences that are even more unique.
    I'll send you my email in private..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Accidental Ajarn View Post
    This is not my first book or piece of writing
    Do you have any examples we can have a look at, please?

    Name of the book would do it.

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    If you send me an email to the address provided, I will be happy to e-mail a sample chapter of a previous book so you can have an idea of the type of book it will be.

    DD

    Well, I doubt it will outsell Harry Potter, but making money from the book is only part of the deal. It looks good on the ole resume and helps land consulting jobs and the like.

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    I am a collector of this genre of literature.

    The other day I bought a copy of "My name Lon, you like me?"

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    If you use the same font/size for the book that you use for your posts then I don't think anyone will read it.

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    If anyone is interested Accidental Ajarn has already sent me the questionnaire and the chapter from his previous work.

    Relatively painless exercise, interesting in a way also. Got me to actually think about some things I haven't considered much before.

    Was a lot 'drier' than I had expected to be honest though (no offence intended, AA). But in any event all looked above board to me.

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    PM me your questionnaire, no problem at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson
    not that I'm personally really that interesting myself
    you can say that again.


    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson
    Got me to actually think
    well done old chap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon
    you can say that again
    It's all relative though, innit. Compared to, oh say, some bloody Welsh git I'm an episode of Top Gear to his Play School!



    well done old chap.
    It hurt. Thinking that is

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    sounds alright.

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    AR

    Thanks alot, I hope when I write it up it will fit into the overall theme of the book and it won't be too dry. Actually I think most expats have an interesting story to tell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Accidental Ajarn View Post
    AR

    Thanks alot, I hope when I write it up it will fit into the overall theme of the book and it won't be too dry. Actually I think most expats have an interesting story to tell.
    AA - I have sent you my e-mail address. Will have a read through what you have and try to find the time to fill out the questionaire. I have about 17 years of independent consulting work in SE-Asia under my belt, so I may be able to contribute something.
    Any error in tact, fact or spelling is purely due to transmissional errors...

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    Thanks for those who have responded, I could still use a couple of more Thailand (or other locations) stories.

    Cheers

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