I just wanted to let you know that I am starting work on a book. At the moment it is in the very early stages, and I am writing this open letter partially to put pressure on myself to complete it.
The book will be similar to the blog in some ways, as I will discuss a variety of topics that have already been mentioned briefly here including: education, rural life, issues facing migrant workers, the environment, and also a touch of politics, history and economics. I am also planning on a few topics that I have a closer connection with, like the difficulties facing disabled people in China and the Rape of Nanking. These topics will be presented in more depth than on the blog, and include more personal experiences and discussions with Chinese friends. It will also include a bit of my personal history to clarify my evolving relationship with China. The book will be almost entirely new content.
If there are other specific topics you’d like me to tackle in this book, please leave your suggestions in the comment section below.
At the moment, I don’t have a publisher lined-up (publishers can contact me at: Tom@seeingredinchina.com), but this is something that I have been wanting to do for some time now and I’ll figure out those pesky details when the time comes. I plan on continuing the publishing schedule on the blog (currently 8-9 posts per week), but I reserve the right to skip a day now and then to focus on the book.
I’d like to thank each and every one of you for your interest so far in SeeingRedInChina.com, I never expected so much support so quickly. We are now seeing over 40,000 visitors each month, far beyond what I initially dreamed for this site, and somehow it continues to grow. I would also like to thank my wife for editing (she is wonderful), as well as Yaxue and Casey who continue to contribute great content and push me to keep writing.
Thank you again for your continuing support, and I hope when completed, this book will provide you with an even more complete view of the country that has become my second home.