It's an Author's Life

Sha Li

The campaign that starts and stops

Every man I encounter teaches me something about the male experience which informs the characters in my stories.

  Here’s a picture from December 2013  when Sha Li visited xin pengyou Mike ZHANG, Senior Editor at Commercial Press Shangwu Yingshiguan, founded in 1897, the first modern publishing house in China, currently employing approximately 600 persons. Mike edited the ‘American in Beijing’ series for mandarin word usage.

Here’s a picture from December 2013 when Sha Li visited xin pengyou Mike ZHANG, Senior Editor at Commercial Press Shangwu Yingshiguan, founded in 1897, the first modern publishing house in China, currently employing approximately 600 persons. Mike edited the ‘American in Beijing’ series for mandarin word usage.

Without warning or fanfare, CWP Publishing sent several posts recently and as suddenly ceased.  We wanted to release the new series Origin for the Christmas season in a set of three Sci-fi novella-length books.  Besides the change of genre, these books are illustrated, each one with about 12 single or up to three panels of pen and ink and mixed media designs of the characters in action with each other and in a variety of settings in China and California. 

The print books will feature black and white illustrations whereas the Kindle version will be in color dominated by black and white.  Perceive my homage to Hokusai by the strict black outline around each illustration and the flattening and exaggeration of textures and space that draw in the eye hypnotically, as in Hokusai’s 100 Views of Mt. Fuji.

The promotion campaign for the Origin will resume soon.  The sender is CWP Publishing.  Look Sha Li Announcements in weekly posts, each one featuring another illustration paired with an excerpt from the new book Hybrid Humans as well as insights into the characters, their motives and demons.  The campaign will pause periodically as I work to complete more illustrations. 

 Their Mission is to promote a greater understanding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, for anyone who is interested.

Their Mission is to promote a greater understanding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, for anyone who is interested.

Korea

My Korea inbox is full these days. 

As the secretive country gradually opens and barriers between the Korean people are dismantled, news sites emerge with views and news.  The two sites below offer different perspectives and dimensions to the topic.

North Korea Guide

This page has no official affiliation with the DPRK

NKG is active on Facebook and has opened a channel at YouTube for links to obscure Korean video.  Look under Playlists.

 

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NKNews

This independent, privately owned specialist information source focuses on North Korea.

The subscription site intends to bring authoritative news, opinion & analysis, research tools, data and subject specialists together in one convenient place.  The service was established in April 2010 and has staff in Washington DC, Seoul, and London.

See their annual NK Holiday Shop – which has some great items like wall calendars, t-shirts and posters. Link: https://nkshop.org

 

Did you know?

North Koreans feature in the first series, ‘An American in Beijing,’ supplying the necessary conflict and antagonistic force to propel the story.  In Beijing Abduction the Chaoxian, as they are called by the Chinese, abduct an undercover American in Beijing and run to a distant port to ship him to the Iranians.  In Wounds of Attraction, the main character, Mai Martin, travels to Pyongyang.

 Excerpt from   Wounds  : When Mai enters DPRK, it’s clear and fifty-five degrees Fahrenheit or twelve degrees Celsius at 19:09 Beijing time or 8:10PM Pyongyang time. The handful of passengers disembarks from the front of the  Russian Ilyushin-62 jet  and exits down the ramp stairs. Mai turns around on the tarmac to take a picture before entering the low, concrete building that is the terminal.

Excerpt from Wounds: When Mai enters DPRK, it’s clear and fifty-five degrees Fahrenheit or twelve degrees Celsius at 19:09 Beijing time or 8:10PM Pyongyang time. The handful of passengers disembarks from the front of the Russian Ilyushin-62 jet and exits down the ramp stairs. Mai turns around on the tarmac to take a picture before entering the low, concrete building that is the terminal.

In the middle of the story, KIM Jong Ill dies on December 18, 2012.  Following that is a black out of all cell phone use in North Korea for the one-hundred days mourning.  At that time 700,000 North Koreans used a 3G network.  During this mourning period, an estimated 23,000 fled to South Korea.  

For Russian trolls

 In real life in 2012, I saw this bike parked on the street in front of the main police station in Dongcheng District where you go for immigration matters. Must have been the police chief’s special bike!

In real life in 2012, I saw this bike parked on the street in front of the main police station in Dongcheng District where you go for immigration matters. Must have been the police chief’s special bike!

Ronald Zhao drives Mai into the countryside in a 1957 vintage Russian M72 bike with a sidecar in the first book. 

In the second book, Mai’s husband Rick scraped the side of their Explorer on a guardrail on the way back up the Russian River Road 116 to the main Highway 101 in Mendocino County, California.    

Bouncing from Russians in California to Russians in Beijing, surveillance technology provides sub-context as characters at TSC discuss, “This started Ron working on a version for TSC.  We already had good devices of our own, utilizing Russian organic transmitters.  Not new, but very effective if you don’t want to be picked up by bug sweepers.”

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 Korean gun bling

Korean gun bling

 In Abu Dhabi, “The Russian and North Korean pilots’ wives window shop in the airport while their husbands sleep and the airport crews refuel and service the Ilyushin-76, picking up pastries and coffees to go at Starbucks.”

Alla and Viktoria Sheveleva in Vladivostock own the Russian Ilyushin-76 through various shell companies which provides transport to the audacious arms deal brokered through the Chaoxian and a Chinese gangster.

 In real life, I met two elegant ladies from  Vladivostock,  Russia , Alla Sheveleva and Viktoria Timchenko from the Far Eastern Federal University  at the  CAFIC  conference in Hainan, China, in 2013. They are mother and daughter researchers who presented in Section 17 with me. The description of their research,  Gender and Complimentary Discourse , from the conference booklet, "The paper is aimed at describing gender variability of men's and women's communicative behavior in the complimentary speech acts correspondingly with the vector of compliments."

In real life, I met two elegant ladies from Vladivostock, Russia, Alla Sheveleva and Viktoria Timchenko from the Far Eastern Federal University at the CAFIC conference in Hainan, China, in 2013. They are mother and daughter researchers who presented in Section 17 with me. The description of their research, Gender and Complimentary Discourse, from the conference booklet, "The paper is aimed at describing gender variability of men's and women's communicative behavior in the complimentary speech acts correspondingly with the vector of compliments."

Metrics and Analytics

Who reads the Breakfast Letter?

Most people are from the USA, 85%.  The next largest group are Chinese, 11%.  People read this from numerous other places like Canada, Poland, Belgium, Norway, Germany, Hong Kong, and Russia.

 A marketing experiment on FaceBook to create a page for   Origin of the Human Hybrids   and boost its posts through target interests Artificial Intelligence, Asian American culture, China, Nanotechnology, Romance novels, Science Fiction magazine or Books. From this first campaign we learned that my California audience is predominantly male, 87-74%, and across all ages.

A marketing experiment on FaceBook to create a page for Origin of the Human Hybrids and boost its posts through target interests Artificial Intelligence, Asian American culture, China, Nanotechnology, Romance novels, Science Fiction magazine or Books. From this first campaign we learned that my California audience is predominantly male, 87-74%, and across all ages.

 The next campaign was focused on Beijing, reached thousands of people interested in Artificial Intelligence, Molecular nanotechnology, Science fiction movies, Romance, Books or Travel and received numerous link clicks by 18-34-year-old males, 66%.  Many more Chinese women aged 18-34 like my story than California women.

 

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Inquiring minds want to know?                                              

How did you purchase my book?

For fans outside of the USA, how did you get the book?  As a hard copy or e-version?  Please message me here at info@cherylpetty.com