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Entry #66: The Book Is Out (Finally)

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It’s been 10 years since I first thought of writing this book and five years since I started writing the earliest draft of the manuscript (and writing in this blog), and I’ve finally stopped dragging my feet and (self-)published the book.

The official title is The Accidental Citizen-Soldier under my real name (Young Chun) and it is being sold for $2.99 on Amazon.com as a Kindle edition.*

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A link to the Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U3BFF1A

I’ve never been good at self-promotion and I dread giving interviews so it’s going to be tough to market the book (which is one of the reasons why I didn’t want to self-publish), but I’ll have to get started.

If you enjoy the book, please take some time to write a customer review. It’s one way to get more exposure on Amazon.

Although I’m still not satisfied with the book and wanted to do another complete re-write, I admit that it feels great to finally have it completed and on the (electronic) bookshelf. Now I can finally focus on my novels, which is what I really wanted to write all along.

On another note, I’ll be spending most of this week in the hospital as I’m finally getting the metal taken out of my leg. It’s been a year since my fifth and last surgery, and once the metal is taken out, hopefully I’ll be able to start recovering to the point that I can run again.

Here’s to hoping that 2015 will be a good year.

* I’ve also signed up with Amazon’s print service CreateSpace, so printed copies will eventually be available, but due to the number of pages in the printed version (over 400), it’s really expensive ($11.99) and I don’t expect anyone to pay that price for the book.

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March 1, 2015 at 9:02 pm

Random #56: An Awkward Search Query on Google

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Another of my friends has published a book. Marc was a co-worker at that small hakwon in Bundang I worked at when I first arrived in Korea ten years ago. An enigmatic and intelligent under-achiever, he surprised me back then by asking if I’d give him feedback on a book he was working on. This was at a point in my life when my writing was restricted to lazy blog posts on Xanga which would make any writer or grammarian throw up in his/her mouth, no capitalization whatsoever and far too many ellipses. I was awed by what he had written. The draft was incomplete, and I found myself eagerly anticipating the conclusion of the story.

I would never get the opportunity to read the last few chapters. The last time I saw him was in Ansan, where I was training for my deployment to Afghanistan. Marc, Erin, and Yuna came to visit on the weekend with pizza and chicken and a bag of books, one of which was Bukowski’s Factotum, my first encounter with now one of my favorite writers. I lost touch with everyone afterward until a year or two ago, when I was reconnected with them on Facebook.

Being anti-social and disinclined to internet communication, I didn’t contact him until he asked for feedback on his new book in a posting*. It was around the time I went to Hawaii last summer and I read the first half of the book before my flight and the rest of it over the Pacific. I sent him my feedback and didn’t hear again from him until I saw another posting on Facebook announcing that he had published the book in e-book format. I don’t know if he took any of my comments to heart and wish he had asked me to proofread it, but I can say that he’s a good storyteller. I don’t know how much e-books usually go for on Amazon but skip one beer and support an independent writer.

Boys For Sale: A Novel about Human Trafficking

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Here’s a link to the book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Boys-For-Sale-Trafficking-ebook/dp/B009TPTB8E

* I’m a creeper on Facebook. I post maybe once or twice a year but peruse my News Feed somewhat regularly to see what’s happening in my friends’ lives. Some days it’s my only exposure to the world outside my little bubble.