Thursday, March 29, 2007

The First Steps...

I knew the first step in this journey would entail setting up a blog.

And, as they say, "Build it and they will come."

So we are standing knee-deep in our proverbial 'Field of Dreams'.

My question to you is Who is willing to help us get attention?

What is the payoff? How about a mention or link to your blog? I can guarantee international readership।
To the person that drives the most traffic to this blog (by commenting on the blog, forwarding to others and getting us attention in any way) will win a free autographed copy of the book upon publication.
So, remember: Spread the word.

The International School of Beijing

As busy as I have been promoting the book in the states, Alan has been just as consumed with spreading the word across Asia and Europe.

In fact, it appears that The International School of Beijing is planning to spotlight the book in the near future in one of its newsletters. The readership is around 5,000 which is tremendous exposure. When it happens, of course I will share with you here.

Make no mistake. This book is going to be huge.

Spread the word.

Meet Chris Watt

Note to our Readers: Chris Watt is a friend of Alan Solomon. They actually owned cafe together।. See below as he blogs about getting to know Alan, but most importantly, the allure of Loi Kroh Road.

Finally, the job is almost done!

Having a seat in the cane chairs in front of the Mango Tree Café with Alan while watching the world go by and listening to Alan tell his amazing stories makes me that much more anxious to get hold of a copy of the book!

As partner in the Mango Tree Cafe' with Alan for part of the time, I too, was exposed to life and mysteries of Loi Kroh Road. It was in fact then, that I first met Alan, this amazing guy who had traveled the world and had so many incredible life experiences.

His tales could have you in tears but mainly rolling on the floor with laughter. I recall the times when we would close up the café, pour ourselves a beer and sit in the dark watching and listening to the foot traffic in the street which was full of intrigue.

Alan and I still remain very close friends to this day. I enjoy meeting him on trips to Beijing where we recall the times in Loi Kroh Road. For sure, this is a must read book when it hit the shelves. - Chris Watt

A Synopsis of "The Mango Tree Cafe', Loi Kroh Road

The original email from Alan Solomon to me:

The title is The Mango Tree Cafe, Loi Kroh Road. It is set in North Thailand, centered on a character named Larry, raised on a farm with a strict father and in his need to run from being trapped on the farm. He believed he had a mission in life and is guided by a ghostly figure which appeared to him as a child. On his adventures he sees loneliness in all the people around him, he falls out of love, loses the only real love he ever had and in reality, it is his own mortality and his own loneliness which he fears.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Meet the Authors - The Serendipity Project

So what type of a person does it take to write "The Mango Tree Cafe', Loi Kroh Road"? one that lives in Beijing, China.

Oh, and one very strong internet connection. I had never met Alan Solomon until recently, and as I detailed in my prior post, he is a gifted writer. And, he's photogenic to boot!
Alan Solomon is a native New Zealander living and working in Beijing, China as a teacher. He has worn a number of hats in his lifetime, and is pleased to report that "Author" is the latest to be added to his lengthy list of credits.

First things first: How do you do's are in order from Alan to YOU, his readers.
Spread the word.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

The Lead

Loi Kroh Road at night
I'm a professional ghostwriter and was searching for a book to write and or polish. A colleague of mine sent me an email asking if I would be interested in this book.

I read a chapter and was astonished. The book was unbelieveably good. I created a second draft of what I read and sent it to the writer. He was pleased. At that point, he made me an offer I couldn't refuse. Would I collaborate with him on this book?

My answer? Well, you are reading a blog about the journey that the two of us are taking on this book. My writing partner is located in Beijing, China and I am located in Nashville, TN USA.

Unusual? I suppose so, although the internet has established some incredible achievements. This book is one of them.

So, come along for the journey. We'll all walk upon the mystical road of Loi Kroh Road and discover the answers to some age old questions. When this book is published and you have had a chance to read it, you will never be the same.

That's a promise.