I turned the first page with lighter heart.
I loved it. I devoured every story. They were compelling, well-written and entertaining. What's more, they did resonate with me simply because I knew the Netherlands, its bikes, its quirks, its food, language and healthcare system.
I recommend this book to anyone who might be thinking of doing an expat anthology. I'm a grumpy and cynical old goat, jaded too, from reviewing too many mediocre books, but this one, I promise you, is a goodie.
Today most pensioners are leading active lives so we don’t have to worry about them. However, a relative’s health status can change suddenly and dramatically. When we live on the other side of the world we feel helpless. When our in-laws are from another culture, expectations and approaches to end of life may conflict with our own values. Caring for your loved ones from a distance or where cultural variations exist is a multi-faceted issue and there isn’t one right answer.
Expats and immigrants dealing with a frail or ill loved ones around the world have commented that they were managing but there are challenges. These individuals living abroad described unexpected challenges, frustrations and a desire to have known more about what to expect and options in advance.
Very little has been researched and written on the topic of caring for aging loved ones from another country or culture. Consequently, a survey has been developed and is being distributed around the world. This questionnaire examines a number of areas including: grasp of situation, communication, family dynamics, finances, and more.
The research is being undertaken by Elizabeth Vennekens-Kelly, Director at Cross Cultural Consulting and author of Subtle Differences, Big Faux Pas. Are you an expat grappling with this issue? If so, Elizabeth invites you to have your say by completing the online survey.
The survey is open until the 31st May 2016.
Summertime Publishing specialises in publishing books by and for people living abroad with a particular emphasis on Third Culture Kids and issues affecting the global family. Summertime's sister publisher, Springtime Books, works with books and authors in other expat genres. Together we have published well over 90 expatriate books from 50 exceptional authors. Could you be one?
Summertime's titles are available on all international online stores via the Expat Bookshop.
Although she had led a happy life, as an adult Ruth found herself battling depression various times. It was triggered again when her oldest daughter left for the first time to return to the US for school, and Ruth realized it might be linked to her own childhood. A year later, in 1986, the whole family moved back to the US, settling in Indianapolis, which was a new adjustment for them all. It was during these periods that Ruth started keeping a journal, which would later be published as Letters Never Sent.
Jack Scott is an author, blogger and book producer. Since publishing his evergreen autobiography, Perking the Pansies, in 2011, he has also become something of an expert in the world of social media. With a long career in business management and an insider’s knowledge of the publishing world, Jack is ideally placed to bring your book to market and help make the most of your online presence. Here, Jack shares his top social media tips for writers.
Jack's Top Tips
Typical website content includes author page, book page, reviews, contact details, writing portfolio and buying links. The best websites let visitors connect with you on social media and share your content to their own networks. Make sure your site looks good on all devices.
Start a Blog
Blogging will help you establish a fan base. Also, search engines love content that’s new, fresh and frequently updated. Your website and blog should complement each other. Auto-share your posts to your social networks to save you time.
Join the Main Social Media Sites
Join the big three social networks to grow your fan base and increase your web visibility.
- Create a Facebook page and join relevant groups.
- Join Twitter, follow Tweeters and start a conversation.
- Join Linkedin to establish your professional reputation.
- Use similar imagery across your networks to establish your brand.
- Get interviewed by fellow bloggers and other relevant websites. Offer to write guest posts and articles. Most will be happy for you to mention your projects and add links.
- Contact local and online radio stations. If your writing is topical or has local interest, they may invite you in for a chat.
Join Goodreads, the largest and most credible book site. Add your book(s) and reviews for books you like. Engage with the community by joining forums and run a book giveaway competition.
Find a list of 2016 book awards on Almond Press and 2016 short story competitions from Christopher Fielden.
Hot off the Press
New online services are being launched all the time. Some endure and others fade. Here's a couple in the news right now:
Engage meaningfully with your audience often, on your blog and on social media – comment, like, follow and share. But remember, use a subtle approach to self-promotion.
Reviews sell books and it’s reckoned that Amazon won’t promote a book with less than 25 reviews.
A picture paints a thousand words. Find images to complement your work, add a relevant quote and share.
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