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Foreign Languages Press Looking for Authors

By Canaan Morse, published

China Foreign Languages Press is currently looking to hire qualified, preferably bilingual English-speaking authors to participate in its landmark book series "Cities of China (中国城记)." Dedicated to presenting fresh, in-depth illustrations of rising Chinese cities to readers across the globe, the books in this series are written exclusively by foreign professional authors. Below is a translated sample from the "Cities of China" official introduction:

"Cities of China" presents in detail the unique characteristics of Chinese cities, following the economic and cultural development of the municipality as well as the lives of its ordinary citizens. Through the vivid narration of real peoples' stories, "Cities of China" opens a window for foreign readers to glimpse the real China.

In order to guarantee that content and style will meet the needs of foreign readers, the authors within this series are all foreign literary professionals. Foreign Languages Press invites each of them to the subject city for an extended visit, that they may experience first-hand through observation, interaction and interview the spirit of the city...

If you're interested, I'll send you the entire document. Essentially, they have a short list of cities that wish to participate in the project. If they like you, you pick a city that sounds interesting and they send you there for a couple of weeks, where you run around and look at things, talk to people (including interviews) and generally find stuff to write about, all on the local government's dollar. They also provide a translator upon request, but FLP is hoping to find bilingual authors, as such projects would be better handled by someone already familiar with China. Then you write the manuscript, the FLP editor goes over it with you, they pay you a manuscript fee and the book gets published.

I've actually met a couple of FLP's foreign authors, and they say the pay and conditions are quite good. There's also a lot of publicity for this series in particular, foreign and domestic. Email me at westrunningbrook@mac.com if you're interested, and I'll put you in touch with the editor in charge.

Comments

# 1.   

Thanks for putting up this information for FLP. I am the foreign liaison of Foreign Languages Press (FLP). I was and am still in charge of recruiting native English-speaking authors for the series of "Cities of China" and other books, and I am one of the editors for the series. So if anyone of you is interested in it, please contact me for details on Facebook or email me at flpws@yahoo.cn.

Nicole Ouyang, November 19, 2010, 2:03a.m.

# 2.   

Thanks for this, Nicole.

To clarify, I was approached independently by another member of your team a week ago with a request to pass on information about the project to my colleagues and collaborators here at Paper Republic, to see if I could drum up any interest. Our members and readership being both literary and China-knowledgeable, it seemed like the correct employment of a unique resource. If there exist conflicts of responsibility, I was never informed of them.

At any rate, I hope you'll be glad to know that a number of very qualified people have expressed interest in working with your team, and I'm sure you'll be hearing from them very shortly. Speaking both personally and professionally, I think this could be a mutually beneficial relationship, and I look forward to hearing from you and your colleagues in the future.

 Canaan Morse, November 19, 2010, 4:57a.m.

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