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Thailand’s Sickest – Hell To Pay

The 2nd in the Thailand's Sickest series. Read it and let me know what you think...
The second in the Thailand’s Sickest series. Read it and let me know what you think…

The second book in the Thailand’s Sickest series has been released and is doing pretty well at Amazon, Apple, and other online marketplaces. There are links to buy it at the bottom of this page.

Hell To Pay came out of nowhere, as a guy emailed me about the first book, and I didn’t know what to make of his email. He seemed a bit too interested in me, and I was wondering whether he might be psychotic. I cranked out the entire book in just a couple of months because the story basically wrote itself. It’s fiction, and yet there are some elements of truth woven within the pages. See if you guess what is fiction and what is true.

If you’re enjoying this series, let me know through email what you liked or didn’t. I’m considering a third book in the series, and I’ve had some great responses from readers of the first two books. I could always use more feedback.

Note – this second book – Hell To Pay – is only available at Amazon for the moment.

Read reviews and buy one or both books at Amazon (click).

Buy a PDF file direct (email thaipulse@gmail.com).

Mike Fook – Thailand’s Best Selling Author?

Vern Lovic, writing as “Mike Fook,” has been selling the heck out his eBooks on Amazon lately. If you check the bestselling list after searching the Kindle ebook store for “Thailand” you’ll find that he has two books already in the top 10. One is at position 8, the other at 10.

John Burdett, who wrote Bangkok 8, has a number of books in the top 10. Shows that there are few authors that have any decent books to offer the ebook readers. Not to say his work is no good – I’ve read no more than the sample chapters. John writes in a way I don’t enjoy reading – and from a perspective that doesn’t jive with what I like. Still – THOUSANDS of people like how he writes and he’s the top writer. For now.

The eBook market has the potential to change everything. There are writers today – book writers – traditional book writers – that enjoy being top dog. They’re going to be replaced in some cases. Obliterated in others.

Currently – taking into account all online channels – Mike Fook is selling over 25 books per day. John Burdett prices his books (rather, his publisher does!) at the insane price of $14.99 in some cases for the EBOOK! Nuts.

If you are a new author and you want to write a book about some aspect of Thailand – WRITE IT NOW. Get it out of your head and into your computer as fast as you can. New authors this year – who crank out a few books per year (10?) can be firmly established when the ebook revolution takes hold and kills the last remaining holds outs (paperback readers).

Thailand Fiction Books and Ebook Revisions | Ongoing

Thailand Fiction Books – Best Selling

The 2nd in the Thailand's Sickest series. Read it and let me know what you think...
The second in the Thailand’s Sickest series. Read it and let me know what you think…

Click to grab the book at Amazon for Kindle format, or, choose another format by clicking "Other Formats".

Buy Thai Black Book at Amazon Kindle Store now.

 

There will be some big revisions, re-writes really, of some of the Thailand fiction books (eBooks) for sale. It has been a while since I’ve looked at Moving to ThailandThailand Black BookLiving in Thailand and some others. Will get those done before the end of the year.

Moving to Thailand – the only real criticism of the Thailand fiction book readers made known was that it didn’t cover enough of the negative. That’s what Thailand Black Book was focused on, so I didn’t think to add it to Moving to Thailand too. Will do that though. I realize not everyone reads both books.

Living in Thailand started out as a long article on ThaiPulse.com and I turned it into a book. It’s a story mostly of how I met a good Thai girl in Thailand. Might just change the title and make it more like a book. Then, will also do a book, “Living in Thailand” and make it true to the title.

Thailand Black Book is pretty right on. I added some photos of dangerous snakes and other beasties to the book, and some people go all bent out of shape about that. Others called the book too negative. I think I’ll leave the negativity and the snake photos in there, as well as add a lot of other things I’ve thought about over the past few years since that book was released.

If you have a book about Thailand coming out and you want to sell it on this site – run it by me first and I’ll let you know if I’ll sell it. I tend to only want to sell on this site books I like personally. There are many topics I don’t want to sell here. Anyway, run it by me and I’ll let you know if I can sell it or not.

Best of luck to Thailand writers that are struggling to produce something readable, entertaining, and with some longevity to it. It’s a very difficult task – writing good books. I don’t think I’ve written a really good one yet, and I’ve been trying for years. Maybe in 2018?

Cheers!

Thailand Snake Books (One Free!)

There are currently 3 books put out by Vern at ThailandSnakes.com. One is free.

Photos of Common Thailand Snakes ebook from Thailand Snakes (.com)
Free eBook – get yours over at ThailandSnakes.com just for joining their informative newsletter.

Photos of Common Thailand Snakes – FREE! Identify the most common snakes in Thailand with this helpful illustrated guide. This snake ebook is available in PDF and iBooks format for iPad, iPhone, and MacBook computers. More info HERE.

Informational guide to help homeowners keep snakes out of property in Thailand.

This guide for keeping snakes out is for everyone – not just in Thailand.

 

Thailand's must-have Snake Ebook with all the crucial information about the 35 most venomous and deadly snake species in the country.
Thailand’s must-have Snake Ebook with all the crucial information about the 35 most venomous and deadly snake species in the country.

Is That Snake In Your House Dangerous? Identify Deadly Thailand Snakes In Under 5 Minutes! This is a must-have book for all English speaking expats residing in Thailand for extended periods. The book covers details about the 35 most dangerous snakes in Thailand, and how to treat bites from each. Excellent information not found anywhere else. More info HERE.

Thailand Fiction – Same-Same?

I’ve been considering for over a year doing reviews of Thailand fiction here at this site, and possibly at one of my other sites. What I’ve found is that fiction set in Thailand tends to be one main style. Detective stories. These are the old writers that have been doing it for decades. There is a market for it. There was nothing else to read for years.  God I hate traditional detective stories. I don’t know why I can ‘t read them, I must have read too many when I was younger.

So, long story short, I can’t possibly start reading the detective stories some of the old-timers are putting out. I just can’t force myself to do it. I won’t name names, but you could guess.

Are there other fiction stories I could review?

I looked at about twenty different writers, hoping to find some that I enjoyed reading so I could read a bunch of books and get some reviews up here. I can’t find many I like at all. I think writers are like that, but I’m some sort of special breed. I don’t like much of anything except what I and my friends write. Maybe that was the catalyst behind starting to write my own fiction set in Thailand. I love the hell out of my books.

Isn’t that the way most authors are? I’d rather sit down and re-read one of my books I put a couple hundred hours into because I will be doing two things. One, I’ll be enjoying my story. Two, I’ll be editing it for the upteenth time and making it better as I update it afterward.

If it isn’t detective stories, it’s an “I banged this many girls in Thailand and fell in love with a bargirl in Pattaya!” story. Yeah, exciting, that’s mind-blowing. Can’t wait to read all 120 pages.

That’s another thing, half the writers are cranking out 100 pages and calling that a fiction novel. What happened to 250+ page books? Maybe that’s too long now with eBooks. Maybe the attention span of readers has dwindled a bit and 30,000 words is the new 80-90,000. Maybe it is.

Here’s another thing – there are Thailand writers that keep cranking out the SAME detective stories time after time after time. Same boring characters, settings, and piss-poor plots. If they changed it up a bit, I’d be able to get through a book. I just see the same characters and I can’t even get past the free sample at Amazon. Thank god for the free sample idea for ebooks or I’d be wasting truckloads of money on books I’ll never read.

There is a reader demographic that the old-time writers are writing for. They are still writing for them. They are writing for the old-time expats that are in their 60’s and 70’s and that have little to do all day but read fiction books. I won’t be targeting this group, and I really hope Thailand gets a fresh bunch of expats in over the next few years so I have more readers.

Instead of talk about who I think absolutely sucks and who doesn’t – I’ll not say anything bad about anyone directly. Let it suffice to say that there is a new crop of writers in Thailand coming up, and I like about a handful of them. The plots are different. The main characters are different. Nobody is a detective. Nobody works on the police force. Nobody is a dumbass expat that comes to Thailand to dip himself into all the wet spots.

Do you want to volunteer any new up and coming writers that you really enjoy reading?

EBooks Starting to Take Off!

We have a few channels where we sell eBooks – and it’s quite clear by sales lately that the ebook world is taking off like a rocket-ship.

Sales have increased at least 30% month over month for almost a year now. That’s pretty nice growth. The end is nowhere in sight – as most people are still reading paperback books. Imagine when that changes and people finally throw away their paperback books and go for eBooks. EBook authors will be rejoicing – while those stuck in contracts with paperback publishers will be crying in their Cheerios.

Currently we have 14 books for sale at Amazon’s Kindle Store – and here at ThailandEbooks.com. We are selling over 400 books per month online. No paper. No postal service.

If you have been thinking about jumping into Ebook publishing -now is the time. Get started today and don’t look back. The future is eBooks – not paperback books.

 

Writing eBooks in Thailand?

Here in Thailand I know about a dozen authors and wanna-be-authors that are writing Thailand fiction, and about their experiences in Thailand. If you are a writer, there is a lot to do after you write the book. Editing, artwork, and publishing, whether creating eBooks or paperbooks, you will need to take care of these crucial steps. Established parasites publishers are still hanging around – they didn’t disappear off the face of the planet – yet. It’s all going that way, in 5 years there will be few that are in business any more. There are many reasons for that.

From my own point of view – I don’t care to publish paperback books, even if it means more money (and it does, I have 25 books published digitally). I just don’t like the idea of paper books.

Have I read paperback books in the past? Yep, there was no alternative. Do I read them now? No, not at all. The ebook revolution has given us an alternative to creating wasteful paper books to read. The new Kindle Paperwhite ereader is better than books printed on paper in so many ways. Need a bigger font? Increase the size of the font on the Kindle. Want to change the contrast of the epaper and “ink”? Change it. Want to read in bed with the lights turned off? Use the light in the Kindle. Turn pages with a simple tap on the right side of the eBook page.

What is strange to me is that it took this long for the eBook idea to get going. We had computer screens capable of offering eBook reading back before the Apple Newton tablet arrived. I had one of those back in 1996 I think it was. It took 10 more years before eBooks really took hold.

Now it is here and there are many writers that want to try their hand at writing books. In the Thailand market I know a handful of new writers that have made the effort and went ahead and published ebooks at Amazon, or through some other means.

Comparing creating your own ebook with publishing through a traditional publisher, it looks something like this:

Do It Yourself:

  • You write the book.
  • Find an editor. From Thailand or wherever you are – use the internet. Best to go to writers that are currently producing their own ebooks, and see who they use and recommend.
  • Find a cover artist or create it yourself – much better to find an artist that does it for a living. You should be able to get a decent cover for $100. Some graphic artists are charging $350 per cover! It is outrageous, and the covers aren’t any better than someone could do with $100. The simple graphics needed to do cover art can be done by a high-school student. Find a student you want to employ – and help them on their way to a bright career.
  • You decide the final product in every way.
  • You either upload the Word version directly to Amazon yourself (can do from Thailand or anywhere with internet connection), or, go through someone like Smashwords.com to do it. It is not difficult once you have the prior activities completed.
  • Give Amazon a way to pay you. Linking your bank account makes it fast and avoids checks. You get paid monthly, the current delay is 2 months from the time a book is sold, to the time it arrives in your bank account. If you are writing in southeast Asia – do not get the check, if at all possible. Checks are slow to reach you, slow to clear your bank (we wait 60 days sometimes), and sometimes they bounce because the banks don’t know what they’re doing. We have had about 8 Amazon.com checks bounce after depositing them in Thailand. Not so good for your relationship with your bank, or the $50 they charge for each bounce.
  • You own all rights to your ebook. You can assign those rights any way you choose. You own those rights for eternity. You can give your books to your children, along with all the rights, so they can collect royalties on your books – in full – after you die.

Use a Publisher:

  • You write the book.
  • Your publisher will assign an editor. He/she may be good, or suck. There is nothing you can do about it. The editor might want to revise your book drastically – and you will have to rewrite small or large sections of your book to make someone else happy. Sometimes a book doesn’t resemble the original after the editing process.
  • Your publisher will assign a graphics person to create your cover. Quite often they will have the rights to choose what is even ON the cover. The final product is not up for your disapproval. You are at the whim of the publisher, and they are cranking out many new books – not just yours. You are a number with a publisher.
  • You decide the final product in every way. Through a collaborative effort with someone you don’t know, maybe don’t like or approve of – you will come up with a final product – “your” book.
  • The publisher will distribute your book through channels it has, or, more likely – will just put your book on Amazon in paperback, and then format it for ebook release as well. You as author will likely have no say about where your book is released, or how much it will sell for. Amazon takes 30% of sales. Your publisher will probably take more than that. You’ll be left with something ludicrous to feed your family with. It will not resemble in any way, what you could have done on your own.
  • Royalty checks are slow in coming. The accounting methods some publishers use are impossible to figure out.
  • You own some rights to your book, those that haven’t been signed away in your agreement with the publisher. When you die, the publisher probably retains the rights to sell your book – and will continue to take commission before giving checks to whomever you assigned as a benefactor.

Don’t give away your rights to sell the book on your own. Most that care about this issue have already given away their own right to sell their books online – to their publisher. If you haven’t yet, by all means DON’T.

There are really only a couple more things to think about when doing it all yourself:

1. Finding a good editor you like.

2. Finding a good cover artist.

That’s basically it. Any monkey can fill out the submission data needed for Amazon or Smashwords release.

If you want to write books in Thailand, Philippines, anywhere in the world – do the work yourself. Once you find an editor and a cover artist – you don’t have to worry about that any more. Sure it may take a few tries to find someone you like, but at least you can do that and you are not stuck with whomever the publishing company assigns to do your book.

Disclaimer: I’ve not used a traditional publisher in the past. The points above are taken from what I’ve read from authors that have used publishers for years, and became dissatisfied with the process. They now publish their own books digitally and are much happier with the new system.

New Thailand Fiction – Hell To Pay

Mike Fook is just about to release the sequel to “Thailand’s Sickest”, a fiction book set in Patong Beach, Phuket. The new book will also be set in Thailand and will feature Mike himself in a strange truth-meets-fiction thriller.

This new book is to be released within 30 days at MikeFook.com, and we’ll get it after a week or so there. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Apple, they’ll all get it after thirty days of release at MikeFook.com. If you haven’t yet signed up at Mike’s site for the mailing list – do so, you can get significant discounts on new books, as well as getting them hot off the proverbial press. For now, “Thailand’s Sickest” is free at MikeFook.com when you sign up for the mailing list as a member (free).

If there are any other authors you would like to see featured here at ThailandEbooks.com, do give us an email and let us know!

Death Spiral Book 3 – Debt of Honor

James Boedeker fiction set in Thailand - Death Spiral.
Jim’s third book in the Death Spiral Series!

By James Boedeker
Published by Penumbra Publishing
Published: Aug. 15, 2013
Words: 61,010
Language: American English
ISBN: 9781938758188

Short description
Ex-Navy SEAL Robert O’Leary is happily living in Thailand with his wife Mina and kids and extended family until friend and ex-CIA operative Bruce draws him into a plan to declare war on Muslim extremists. After the last bloodbath, Robert promised Mina the killing beast would not come out again. But then Bruce gets in serious trouble, and Robert must pay a debt of honor and damn the consequences.

This is the third book in the series, and I am in the middle of reading this book at the moment. Will comment more after I finish. Cheers Jim, great series!

Buy this book here.


Death Spiral Book 2 – Jai Dee by James Boedeker

This is the 2nd book in the Death Spiral series, I liked this one even better than the first book. Will be reading book three here in a few days.
This is the 2nd book in the Death Spiral series, I liked this one even better than the first book. Will be reading book three here in a few days.

By James Boedeker
Published by Penumbra Publishing
Published: Nov. 28, 2012
Words: 59,740
Language: American English
ISBN: 9781938758065

Short description
An expatriate sniper assassin retired from the business, ends up in Bangkok, where he tries to redeem himself by protecting ‘working girls.’ Known as Jai Dee – Good Heart – he finds happiness with a former working girl until a killer invades the city. Now he must seek help from other expatriates to help him rid Bangkok of this terrible menace – but what will that task truly cost him?

This is the 2nd book in the Death Spiral series, James Boedeker. The first, Book 1, was mentioned here.

I enjoyed this book a lot, the dynamics between the main character and others is interesting, and damn funny if you ask me. I am looking forward to reading Jim’s third book here on my next visa run to Cambodia.

Buy BOOK 2 – here

Death Spiral by James Boedeker

James Boedekers first fiction book set in Thailand is an excellent read. Now there are three books in the series - get them all.
James Boedekers first fiction book set in Thailand is an excellent read. Now there are three books in the series – get them all.

By James Boedeker
Published by Penumbra Publishing
Published: July 27, 2012
Words: 69,240
Language: English
ISBN: 9781935563969

Short description
A guy in Thailand, haunted by the ghosts of his past, lives on a diet of booze and prostitutes – and milkshakes. To redeem himself, he needs to help the scarred young woman at Dairy Queen, and maybe the ghosts will leave him in peace. But there’s no peace for a trained killer whose inner beast demands vengeance against those who victimize others. He’s in a death spiral to get it done.

This is Book 1. Read this first.

Jim Boedeker and I were first introduced online through email a few years back. His background was intriguing as hell, and we met in Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand one weekend. Jim’s life story is flat-out amazing. Though this, his first book, is all fiction, I am hoping to read his biography at some point. He undoubtedly has had the most interesting life of anyone I’ve ever known.

Pick up a couple of these books from JB and keep your eye out for more coming up in the near future. Jim is a writing machine, and is cranking out books a couple times a year.