The challenge I must try to surmount is to locate expatriates who worked in (or are still in) Kazakhstan in order to alert them to the book I have written about life in and around Almaty in the 1990s. That’s why I am hoping you will:
- SHARE THIS POST – broaden my reach, spread the word.
- COPY IT AND THEN EMAIL IT TO EXPATS YOU KNOW WHETHER CURRENTLY IN KAZAKHSTAN OR NOW ABROAD – the direct approach is best.
Here is what one reviewer said about the book:
“Never have I seen a book about Kazakhstan that would have so much insight delivered with equal amounts of warmth and humour. Apart from being one of the top western lawyers in town in the 90- 00s, Tom turned out to be someone akin to Bill Bryson of Kazakhstan.”
The book is easy to find on the internet:
West Meets East in Kazakhstan, by Thomas E. Johnson, published by AuthorHouse. Available in softcover book or e-version directly from AuthorHouse, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
The chief market for my book – West Meets East in Kazakhstan – almost certainly consists of men and women who used to work or live in Kazakhstan, or are still in-country. Of course, many others may want a copy of the book, such as Kazakhstani individuals who knew me or who enjoy a good read about themselves in the English language. Maybe some universities in Kazakhstan might like to try the book in a literature course, and of course every Kazakhstan embassy or consulate ought to have a copy. But I dream!
Turning back to the expatriates, the likelihood is that many of them, restless souls that some of them are, are scattered around the globe. How do I find them so that I can present to them the opportunity to consider buying my book? To tempt them to take a stroll down memory lane?
Bearing in mind that 22 years have slipped by since I first arrived in Almaty, I can imagine that quite a few expatriates of that era have retired, maybe to Arizona but more likely to Houston or perhaps equally likely to Phuket Island or elsewhere in Thailand.
Of course, there are a lot of expatriates working in Kazakhstan right now, and I would like to reach out to them. The e-version of the book is available worldwide, and a lot of in-country expats could order the book for delivery to their permanent home or to relatives, to be collected at a later date. (Hint.)
To promote my book I have been writing blogging posts on matters concerning Kazakhstan. This has raised some interest but, as we all know, Facebook and LinkedIn posts are evanescent, totally ephemeral. Take a break for an hour or more and the accumulation of the important, the interesting, the weird, the cute and the ugly just passes right by, never to be seen again.
If you want to see any of my posts, don’t spend all day scrolling through social media. Instead, go directly to my website – www.viewkazakhstan.com – and there they are, all ready to be viewed once again. Then, save yourself the trouble of searching on social media in future: FOLLOW my blog.
This transient message might have an extended life if recipients would simply SHARE it. Equally, or better yet, save it and then email it directly to people you think might be interested.
Thanks for your help!