Short piece on Summer weather needed!

Hey folks… The New Korea Files needs a short piece on Summer weather in Korea. Feel free to contact me here.^^

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The Outline for Profit Sharing

Here are the basic principles.

  • Editorial team includes people and organizations that work on project management, editing, artwork, marketing, administration, and other necessary activities for publishing and marketing the book.
    • Editorial team is led by Hyokon Zhiang(ReadBuild) and Charles Montgomery.
  • Editorial team members who also contribute articles for the book count as authors as well.

1. Revenue sharing between editorial team and authors

Publishing as an ebook and online contents:

This applies to ReadBuild, if the book is published as a paid one, Kindle, and any other future electronic or online publication.

The net revenue, after the ebook platform takes its share of revenue (30% – 65%) from the total revenue, will be distributed as follows:

  • Editorial team – 40%
  • Authors – 60%

Publishing as a paper book

Editorial team will collect royalty (usually 6 – 10 % of the cover price) from the publisher, and distribute as follows:

  • Editorial team – 40%
  • Authors – 60%

2. Revenue sharing among authors

Each author will be distributed one’s share of revenue based on the following formula:

  • An author’s share of revenue = word count share (70 to 100% of the author revenue pool) + extra contribution bonus (0 to 30% of the author revenue pool)
  • Author’s word count share = # of author’s words / total # of words.
  • Extra contribution bonus amount and recipients will be determined by the editorial team.
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TNKF Still needs an article on Korean fashion (50k in words has been reached!)

Amazed by boys in pink shirts, colorful ties downtown, and attempts to modernize the hanbok?

We need an article from you!

Also, we have reached the 50k point in submissions – though we are still happy to receive submissions!^^

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We are still looking for about 10 articles on Korea and will accept submissions until these articles are in our hands!

If you want to begin to get an idea of what we already have, please head over to ReaddBuild and check it out!

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About 20,000 Words Wanted! Submission Extended

The good news is that we have 35,000 words in hand in the form of nearly 25 articles, and another 10,000 or so in process…

But we still need about another 20,000 words to complete the book. This means that submissions have been extended.

This is your chance to be published and (maybe) make an odd bit of won.

Please contact me at charles (at) ktlit (dot) com with your potential submissions.

Suggested topics here:

And submissions call (lovingly cribbed from the Seoul Writers) is here:

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Updates on the Project and still looking for submissions (Topics suggested!)

A couple of updates, including topic suggestions for those among you who would like to write, but don’t know about what.

1) We are up to 10,000 words in submissions, which is good, but not where we want to be.

2) ) We hope to have a cogent explanation of our “profit sharing plan” (assuming there are ever profits^^) up here by the end of next week.

3) We created a little description of the book, hoping that might clarify what we are looking for (you can see our call for submissions here – it has a bit more info):

This book is a collection of experiences and thoughts about Korea from non-Koreans who live there.  If you have just read “Please Take Care of Mother,” seen a Korean movie, heard hallyu, eaten your first bulgogi, had brief encounters with Korean businessmen or used Korean products, this book can provide additional insights into Korea and its culture.

4) Our wish list for topics (feel free to propose your own):

  • Traveling the Countryside of Korea / Travel on the cheap/ Yeogwan experience
  • Street Fashion/Fashion
  • The Art Scene
  • Creating a second family with Koreans
  • Speed of Change (One Submission coming!)
  • Neighborhood disappearance / loss of traditional culture
  • Something on food
  • K-pop / 한류 (Eat your Kimchi?)
  • The Korean internet experience for foreigners / Being a Mac-ie
  • The unsolicited English lesson / the boredom expats have with the Korean conversational “script”
  • Public nature of Korean families
  • Drinking Culture (One Submission in)
  • Korean Wedding
  • Protest Culture
  • Funny stories from dating experiences
  • Noraebang –
  • Jimjilbang/sauna
  • Underground culture
  • English Learning Phemomenon – Korea and English
  • Korea films / dramas
  • Foreign Neighborhoods
  • Outside Seoul?
  • Korean concepts (kibun, “fighting, jeong, han, etc)
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Looking for “The Kindness of Strangers” short pieces

Kindess of Strangers

One of the recurring things we hope to have in the book is a series of vignettes called “The Kindness of Strangers” in which we briefly recount those moments at which Koreans came in and helped us out of tough situations.

Example – when my (then) fiancee fell in Daejeon and fractured her elbow and middle-aged man and two business students swooped in, helped her get into a cab, and gave the cab driver detailed descriptions of which hospital to take us to.

As usual, we’re not promising riches (though we are working on it) rather a publication credit in a real book, in two real languages, with a real ISBN. You know, suitable for making your mom happy when she’s trying to explain to her friends back home exactly what you are doing in Korea.^^

Please send us your stories!

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