Thursday, March 28, 2013

Waiting for Mick Jagger to Call

A few months ago, I received an email. It went like this:

Dear Chris,

I hope this message finds you well!

I am writing you following a visit on your blog, which I find interesting and appropriate for publication in book format!

I am an employee of Bloggingbooks, which is the new publishing brand of the well-established scientific publishing house, known as SVH Verlag.  We are currently actively looking for new authors.

Bloggingbooks would like to broaden its publication's portfolio and in this respect, comes my question:  would you have any interest in publishing your blog posts into book format?

Our website: htpp://

The best way to get in touch with me will be per e-mail.

Please let me know you thoughts!


Kind regards

I was somewhat taken aback.  At first I thought it was one of those vanity publishing deals, “For only $500 you can see your name in print.  Buy as many copies as you want $100 each.”  Then they told me it was actually going to be for sale all over the world, and I would receive actual royalties.  

It has always been a dream of mine to publish a book, but come on…I also want to be a rock ‘n’ roll star even though the only music I play these days is on the radio.  I’m only sort of expecting an email from Mick Jagger asking me to join his band.  

After some deliberation and a few questions to the editor who wrote me I decided to go ahead with the idea.  So now the Taiwan Adventure is in book form and available at and soon at some other bookstores around the world like Barnes and Noble. 

The title?  The Taiwan Adventure: An Expat’s Observations of Life in Taiwan

The interesting thing is that the publishing company uses a green method of publishing.  Books are published on paper as they’re ordered.  This way they're not printing lots of books and then having them sit around gathering dust and wasting trees.  

The book is made up of what, I think, are the best of the Taiwan Adventure Blog. It is a representative slice of each category:

Taiwanese History:
A look at the early moments of the Republic of China and some of the key people in its history.

Taiwanese Traditions:
The culture and religion of Taiwan and how it affects day-to-day life.

Cultural Unawareness:
The mistakes I made, and the surprises I experienced through the customs of  Taiwan.

Disability in Taiwan:
A look at the difficulties of living with disabilities in Taiwan from a disabled man’s perspective.

Eating My Way Through Taiwan:
The food and the adventure of eating in Taiwan.

Random Asianess:
The differences between East and West

Taiwan Travelogue:
A Look at a few of my favorite places in Taiwan.

Take a look for the book and if you like, please buy it.  Now that that’s done I’ll have to look at the old “Bucket List” and see what’s left to do…and sit by the phone waiting for Mick to call.  Keith Richards is looking a bit rough these days, so you never know.

I look sort of professorial in this photo.  

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