Earlier this year, I finally managed to publish a PDF Book about my life in China. You can read why I published it as such rather than get a publisher to publish it in hardcopy.
I was in fact reminded in an email today Dec 17th 2016, of the extraordinary lengths to which these so called ‘self-publishing companies’ (who are nothing but fronts for ‘Author Solutions’ Publishing House in the USA) will go to extract money from would-be authors.¹
When my book ‘Finding Myself in China: A Politically Incorrect Story’ was published, I began work on collating all the travel stories and interesting events from particular places (irrespective of when I was there) into a series of books that are part travelogue but which broaden the field of my life’s experiences in China – something that I could not do in the first book because it would have been too big.
In Book One of those travel adventures, I talk about a number of different times I traveled to Yichang in Hubei Province – the starting point for a trip up the Three Gorge Dam. On this page today, I have collated from the articles listed below, a few photographs which I have tried to present sequentially as a trip from Yichang up to Sanxia. Each has a little commentary which might only make sense if you actually read the articles or eventually buy the book.
I hope you enjoy this presentation.
Original stories from which these photographs are derived are:
‘Finding Myself in China’ which is the first book to be published is not a travelogue, but in time I will publish three to four books which tell the stories of my various trips. They are not however going to be told in flowery literary language to excite those whose heads are locate further south than their navels, but the stories will prove interesting to normal people.
¹ I met last July with an author who told me that she had handed over AUD$20,000 to her particular shop front publisher, and as we discussed publishing, she admitted that she did not know that when her books are sold online by companies other than the shop front publisher she organized the book through, that Online booksellers take 60% of her royalties. The same also applies when an author’s book is sold in an ordinary on the street bookshop. The email I received today indicates that she is in hiding from the publishers who are pressuring her to pay even more money so that she can successfully sell her book. The general public has no idea what really goes on behind the publishing scene.
Author: R.P. BenDedek
R.P. BenDedek was born in 1953 and grew up in Brisbane Australia. 2003 to 2017 he has been teaching in The People's Republic of China. Along with photographic stories from China he has been writing social and political commentaries since 2004. He was the temporary editor of Magic City Morning Star from 2009 - 2016 and currently has a column at iPatriot.com. He is the author of a chronological history of ancient Israel titled 'the King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran' and author of 'Finding Myself in China: A Politically Incorrect Story.' He is divorced; has 5 children and 16 grandchildren. He is a 4th generation Australian from a racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse family. He has no time for Sociopathic Ideologues or Useful Idiots.
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