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Jane Dean Talks to Simone Torres Costa

Jane Dean Talks to Simone Torres Costa

Summertime editor-in-chief, Jane Dean, talks to author Simone Torres Costa about her new book Deconstructing Brazil, Beyond Carnival, Soccer and Girls in Small Binkinis. More…

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The win-win of branded books

The win-win of branded books

  It does not matter how good your book is if no one finds out about it. If no one knows about it no one will buy it. But isn’t the  point of writing a book that lots of people read it? You wrote it to be read, right? If an author’s goal is not to sell enough copies to at least break even then maybe that author should question whether it is worth all that effort? It is with this in mind that I am impressed when one of our authors wants to publish a book fully aware of its potential to be used by other people and given away as a promotional tool. This year at Summertime we have...

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Parfitt, Mannering, Bertuccelli & Dean [Eds.], Insights and Interviews from the 2014 FIGT Conference

Parfitt, Mannering, Bertuccelli & Dean [Eds.], Insights and Interviews from the 2014 FIGT Conference

                    Insights and Interviews from the 2014 Families in Global Transition (FIGT) Conference: The Global Family Redefined  Almost 20 years ago, four women sat round an Indianapolis kitchen table and had a dream. They dreamed of creating a conference that would inspire, support, inform and encourage families living overseas. 2015 marks the 17th Families in Global Transition conference which currently takes place in Washington, DC, attended by people from every sector: corporate, missions, military and education. Researchers, teachers,...

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Valérie Besanceney, My Moving Booklet

Valérie Besanceney, My Moving Booklet

                    My Moving Booklet  My Moving Booklet is designed to help children through the initial stages of an upcoming move. Moving usually means going through quite a roller coaster of feelings. It can be exciting and terrifying at the same time. It can be very sad to say goodbye, but it can also be incredibly fun to experience new things and meet new people. Everybody experiences a move differently, but it is very important that you are able to say goodbye properly. This will allow children to truly welcome the new challenges...

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Nell Smith, Retire to the Life You Love

Nell Smith, Retire to the Life You Love

    Retire to the Life You Love – Practical Tools for Designing Your Meaningful Future Retire to the Life You Love invites you to embrace your future from the inside, out. Through its practical tools and real life examples, you gain clarity and confidence to be the unique individual you are and to do what is most important and joyful to you. This is a work of wisdom inspired by the author’s more than 25 years of experience facilitating the career transitions of thousands of men and women. www.retiretothelifeyoulove.com REVIEWS “One of the most insightful and practical books...

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Douglas W. Ota, Safe Passage

Douglas W. Ota, Safe Passage

    Safe Passage: How mobility affects people & what international schools should do about it Moving is one of life’s greatest challenges. The largest study in educational research history demonstrates that moving harms learning. But moving not only challenges students. The experience of lost identity extends across the lifespan, also affecting parents and school staff. Firmly grounded in psychological theory and cutting-edge neuroscience, Safe Passage maps the challenges and charts a course for individuals, schools, and accrediting bodies to navigate them. Although primarily...

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Valérie Besanceney, B at Home: Emma Moves Again

Valérie Besanceney, B at Home: Emma Moves Again

      B at Home: Emma Moves Again Emma is only ten years old, but has already moved twice. Now, her parents are telling her the family is moving again. She’s furious, sad, nervous, and a little excited, all at the same time. Unsure of how to tackle these conflicting emotions, she turns to B, her faithful teddy bear. While trying to come to terms with the challenges of another move, what Emma really wants is just to ‘be at home’. As the journeys of Emma and B unfold, home changes once again, but home also begins to take on a new meaning that Emma can take with her wherever...

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Trisha Carter & Rachel Yates, Finding Home Abroad

Trisha Carter & Rachel Yates, Finding Home Abroad

      Finding Home Abroad: A guided journal for adapting to life overseas Let’s be honest: expat life can be tough. Although exciting, exhilarating and enriching, it can also be one of the greatest challenges you face. Get the tools you need to succeed in this guided journal, created by Trisha Carter (cross cultural psychologist), and Rachel Yates (expatriate resource developer). In a world where the rules are different, the environment unfamiliar and your support network far away, they will guide you through the process to a successful overseas relocation. Whether this is...

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Margaret A Frame, Passage to Persia

Margaret A Frame, Passage to Persia

Dr Adelaide Kibbe Passage to Persia: Writings of an American doctor during her life in Iran, 1929-1957 Adelaide Kibbe was a 27 year-old missionary physician when she set out from New York on the steamer SS American Banker, headed for Iran, in 1929. Her route to Persia took her through England, Scandinavia, Germany, Switzerland and Egypt, all detailed in her letters. Little did she know it would be 28 years before she returned home, and during the ensuing decades would see huge cultural and political changes in her adopted country. She saw the development of modern roads, railway and air transport,...

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Author interviews

Jane Dean Talks to Simone Torres Costa

Jane Dean Talks to Simone Torres Costa

Summertime editor-in-chief, Jane Dean, talks to author Simone Torres Costa about her new book Deconstructing Brazil, Beyond Carnival, Soccer and Girls in Small...

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Insights and Interviews from the 2014 FIGT Conference: The story of a dream come true, a global collaboration and a volunteer project

Insights and Interviews from the 2014 FIGT Conference: The story of a dream come true, a global collaboration and a volunteer project

              I’ve been attending the Families in Global Transition...

 
 
I talk to newly published author, Nell Smith, about her book, Retire to the Life you Love

I talk to newly published author, Nell Smith, about her book, Retire to the Life you Love

Nell Smith                         I first...

 
 
I talk to newly published author, Christopher O’Shaughnessy, about his new book, Arrivals, Departures and the Adventures In-Between

I talk to newly published author, Christopher O’Shaughnessy, about his new book, Arrivals, Departures and the Adventures In-Between

    It is hard to believe that I had never even met our latest author, Christopher, until...

 
 
I talk to newly-published author, Doug W Ota

I talk to newly-published author, Doug W Ota

Doug Ota It has been a long time in the coming, since I first met my newest published author, Doug Ota,...

 
 
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Free mentoring for expat writers

Free mentoring for expat writers

Summertime’s plaque FIGT scholars 2015  with 2014 scholar, Dounia, having fun It’s that time of year again, folks! For the third year I am delighted to...

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The win-win of branded books

The win-win of branded books

  It does not matter how good your book is if no one finds out about it. If no one knows about...

 
 
So, You Don’t Need an Editor? Think Again

So, You Don’t Need an Editor? Think Again

I recently attended a book launch with an author whose book I was in the process of editing. As we chatted...

 
 

It does not matter HOW you write your memoir, just that you DO write it

As a publisher, teacher and editor my students and authors often ask me how they can write plausibly...

 
 
Researching the expat novel

Researching the expat novel

I’ve known Anne Louise O’ Connell for a while now, first meeting her when I visited Dubai...

 
 
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Springtime Books Kindle Sale

Springtime Books Kindle Sale

  Take advantage of some great Amazon Kindle offers from Summertime’s little sister, Springtime Books. The following best sellers are on sale with at...

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Free mentoring for expat writers

Free mentoring for expat writers

Summertime’s plaque FIGT scholars 2015  with 2014 scholar, Dounia, having fun It’s that time...

 
 
Jane Dean Talks to Simone Torres Costa

Jane Dean Talks to Simone Torres Costa

Summertime editor-in-chief, Jane Dean, talks to author Simone Torres Costa about her new book Deconstructing...

 
 
The win-win of branded books

The win-win of branded books

  It does not matter how good your book is if no one finds out about it. If no one knows about...

 
 
So, You Don’t Need an Editor? Think Again

So, You Don’t Need an Editor? Think Again

I recently attended a book launch with an author whose book I was in the process of editing. As we chatted...

 
 
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Book reviews

Author Interview – I speak to Margie Frame, about her mother’s memoir

Author Interview – I speak to Margie Frame, about her mother’s memoir

Dr Adelaide Kibbe On March 1st 2014 we publish the memoir and writings of a doctor, based in Iran in the first half of the last century. It is a fascinating insight...

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I talk to Toni Summers Hargis about her new book Stress-Free Guide to Studying in the States

I talk to Toni Summers Hargis about her new book Stress-Free Guide to Studying in the States

I first heard about Toni Summers Hargis when I was sent a copy of her first book, entitled Rules Britannia,...

 
 
Is Wendy Williams your fairy godmother?

Is Wendy Williams your fairy godmother?

In her review of Wendy Williams’ The Globalisation of Love (Summertime, 2011) for Dutchnews.nl, journalist Shelley...

 
 
Expat novel Sunshine Soup strikes a chord

Expat novel Sunshine Soup strikes a chord

Fellow author Kama Frankling recently penned this 5-star review of Jo Parfitt‘s Sunshine Soup...

 
 
McKerley & Schippers’ Bloodlines is “intriguing right from page one”

McKerley & Schippers’ Bloodlines is “intriguing right from page one”

Authors Thomas McKerley and Ingrid Schippers were delighted to receive this rather glamorous reader review...

 
 
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Springtime Books Kindle Sale

  Take advantage of some great Amazon Kindle offers from Summertime’s little sister, Springtime Books. The following best sellers are on sale with at least a third of the list price during January only. Click here to find out more.

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Free mentoring for expat writers

It’s that time of year again, folks! For the third year I am delighted to be in collaboration with the splendid Families in Global Transition Conference in the form of the Parfitt-Pascoe Writing Residency. Yet again I am offering the chance for four newish writers to benefit from free mentoring by me in preparation for […]

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Jane Dean Talks to Simone Torres Costa

Summertime editor-in-chief, Jane Dean, talks to author Simone Torres Costa about her new book Deconstructing Brazil, Beyond Carnival, Soccer and Girls in Small Binkinis. More…

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So You Want to Write a Book?

Ten top tips to help you write it well, write it fast and write it now from the experts at Summertime Publishing and Springtime Books, leaders in publishing books by expats for expats. Download your free copy here.

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The win-win of branded books

As a giveaway, a book is a relatively low cost item, yet due to the information it contains can have a high perceived value. People tend to keep books when they are given them as a gift too, which keeps the company behind the branded version regularly in the mind of the recipient.

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So, You Don’t Need an Editor? Think Again

I recently attended a book launch with an author whose book I was in the process of editing. As we chatted another writer – whose name I was aware of although we had never met – joined us. I knew through the grapevine that he too was writing a book. The author introduced us announcing, […]

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It does not matter HOW you write your memoir, just that you DO write it

If you have a story that needs telling then please think of this: that it is better that you do record it, whichever method you may choose and that, if you move, inspire or plant ideas in your readers that, “some good must come of this.”

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Got rhythm?

Perhaps this is why it is so vital for a writer to read aloud his work towards the end of the editing process? It is only then, when you read aloud that you discover where some of your phrases sound lumpen or out of place and notice the effect of intentional or unintentional alliteration or assonance. It is only at this time that you can truly work out whether repeated phrases, such as the ‘I have a dream’ of Martin Luther King’s speech serve to add beauty and impact or monotony to the text. It is only when reading aloud that you notice when sentences are too long or need commas adding or removing.

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Does Your Book Have Legs? Take the Test

FIND OUT Does my book have legs? Does my book have a wow factor? Is there a market for my idea? Will it sell? What am I going to write about? How will I publish it? And much more

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