As you can see from the sidebar widget, I’ve published Serendipity Road. There was a minor glitch with the first upload, but the guy who formatted the book for me fixed it and it’s now available on epub. I’ve asked Smashwords how to make it available in more formats, but I’ll have to wait for a reply. To buy the book, click the sidebar widget or click here. If you don’t have an ereader, download Calibre. It’s a FREE program and works brilliantly.
I’m a little nervous about publishing for two reasons. I put a lot of effort into writing the book. I did seven edits and have no idea how many hours I spent writing and editing. I published on Smashwords and don’t expect enough sales to pay for my time, but I wanted to publish Serendipity Road anyway. I’m also a little nervous because I don’t hold anything back. I did as many stupid things when I came to Southeast Asia as others do and didn’t edit to make myself look good. That’s why it has “adult content” in it.
One thing I can say is that I learned from the stupid things I did when I first arrived here. I realised I didn’t want to be a sex tourist, a sightseer or a dope smoker. I was looking for a new life: not a diversion from life. I found that new life and am happy here, even though things have changed radically over the past ten years.
Some readers may not believe some of the stories I tell in Serendipity Road, but I assure you they’re all true stories. I wanted to do something I don’t see in many memoirs: I wanted to tell the truth and not leave out stories of the miraculous and mundane. That’s the reason for the subtitle: “between heaven and hell.”
A friend made a beautiful cover for me, but it showed me at my present age. I ended up having a retro cover made for me because the book takes the reader back to the late sixties and early seventies. Those were the years that shaped my life and took me on a new trajectory. I let fate be my guide in life and fate took me from a yoga retreat in the Sierra Mountains, to India (where I almost died on my first trip), to Australia, Bali and ultimately Cambodia.
If you want to find out more about my book, here are some good starting points:
- There are photos and quotes on my Facebook Page
- When Magic Realism is Real tells about the more magical elements of Serendipity Road
- On self-publishing my ebook explains why I decided to self-publish
- Why I got cold feet about publishing Serendipity Road goes into more detail about why I’m a little nervous about publishing it
I suppose I could do a better job hyping my book, but I don’t want to do that. What you will find is an inside look at my life and Sopheak’s life. You’ll learn things about Cambodia I don’t mention on my blog. Okay, here’s one bit of hype from Penny Sisto, who plays a prominent part in the book:
I am not sure how you arrived..but..you have changed an interesting and amateurly written tale into a short book of brilliance..riveting..read it in one gulp
The book will be available for a $2 discount for two weeks. If you like it, please give it a favourable review. Thanks!