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Marion James
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Something About Me and My Book:
I love Turkey, love books, and love writing.

About me ...

What is a British lady doing living in Istanbul, Turkey since the 1990s?

Well, I guess it is just like author John Freely says, "The city just gets inside you and never lets you go."

And my interest in this network ...
... books about Turkey, books set in Turkey, books that will get Turks reading, books to be translated English/Turkish ... in short, anything about books and Turkey!

I would like to invite you to:

* Come and visit me at my store Greenhouse in Kadikoy, Istanbul, the largest English language bookstore on the Asian side of this vast inter-continental city

* Help us excite Turkish children about reading. We can arrange for you to have great opportunities in a speaking tour in private schools in Istanbul

* Check out my book reviews every Sunday in a national English-language Turkish newspaper : - Arts and Culture page

* Send me texts and manuscripts that need translating. Recent translations that I have published include "The History of Turkish Coffee", "Mevlana Year 2007" and "The Hittites".

* Attend a writer's workshop in Istanbul. WOW! What a great location! This fall we will be running a 3 day workshop with famous author Barbara Nadel (who says she sets her detective novels in Istanbul because "there are so many good places to hide a body")

* Check out my business partner's book that I edited: "Culture Smart - Turkey" by Charlotte McPherson

İyi okumalar! - Happy Reading!

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Good content, or good editing?

Reading Marco Polo's "The Travels" this week, I was struck how like a very early Lonely Planet Guide this 13th century manuscript is. Except, the venerable Marco desperately needs a great modern editor to make his chapter titles a bit more zappy, and to create history boxes and culture boxes to highlight features of interest. Maps and some illustrations would make the text a bit less stuffy, too.

That got me thinking ... how much of a book's success is from the original content, and…


Posted on February 10, 2008 at 10:13am

Making a complex topic simple and interesting

Far too many times I have picked up a book on a specialist subject to find it is heavy and indigestible!

Full of long, technical words, and pompous opinion, I am turned off before I have finished chapter one.....

John Shindeldecker avoids this pitfall in "The World of Alevis". He creates a readable but informative introduction to this group of Islamic believers in the Middle East. He says, "My hope is that the reader will have a tasty, balanced meal, and the appetite to come…


Posted on January 20, 2008 at 6:32am

Language, language, language

Have you ever stopped to consider how children learn language, or how they develop reading skills?

If you are a children's books author, this is an essential part of your understanding of your target customer.

Peter Pikkert is an expert in this area, and he has written a book that helps adults learn a foreign language in the same way that children learn their native language.

Click here to…


Posted on January 13, 2008 at 1:53am

How to Write a Interesting Biography

Biographies are always a fascinating read. Our curiosity about famous people means we are intrigued to see whether the real person behind the famous persona is exactly like the image portrayed, or whether there is some chink in their armor, some skeleton in the cupboard, or some childhood tragedy that has made them how they…

Posted on October 7, 2007 at 5:23am — 1 Comment

Come and visit a lovely summer house

Houses often form an important character in a book. Just think of "The Lake House" in the film of that name. Click on my review in today's paper for another house that is the eponymous hero of a Turkish book ....

Posted on September 30, 2007 at 4:28am

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At 6:57pm on July 25, 2009, D Tyler Brown said…
At 11:14am on July 10, 2009, PaulSerg said…
Hi Marion..Selam!.. How re you?

I'm illustrator and cartoonist with 24 years of experience and I'm interested to illustrate for children's book. You can to ckeck out my pages to see my artworks on my profile here or on: and

If you need a illustrator, contact me, please


Hosçakal...(is correct?) hehe

Paulo Sergio
At 6:09pm on June 10, 2009, Florian Stone Wells said…
Hi Marion, I just joined this site and, believe it or not I am writing series about the conflict between the Islamic Empire of the Ottomans and the Christian Kingdoms of Eastern Europe in 15-16th centuries. The first book is called The Sword and the Shield of the Realm and the series is called Merchants of Time. Occasionally, my website is visited by the University of Istanbul. This is not an attempt of promoting my work, but please visit my site and read in my profile about the series. I am truly interested to hear your opinion.
Florian Stone Wells
At 2:33am on March 16, 2009, Bert Martinez said…
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At 2:20pm on October 1, 2007, Dianne Schwartz said…
Love the music! You seem to be one busy lady. Thanks for much for the invitation.
At 4:25am on September 30, 2007, Marion James said…
Dear Joel. Thanks for the comments about marketing to bookstores. Yes, if you can leave a small marketing pack with the bookstore I am sure it will increase your chances of them partnering with you. Best of luck
At 10:02pm on September 24, 2007, Joel McGee said…
Hello Marion,

I recently read your post about the best way to approach a bookstore for sells. And might I say what an insightful post it was.

In your post on the subject of consignment sell in bookstores, you mentioned that it is more likely that the bookstore will work with you if they feel that author will pull the brunt of the marketing. Or something pertaining to that.

My quetion is this. If I were to take in with me, reviews, proof of marketing already done, media exposure dates of potential release, and things of this nature. Along with being organized and polite. Would this better my chances of landing a shelf spot in a book store?

Your insight to this question would be most greatly appreciated.

At 5:14am on September 20, 2007, Penny Owen said…
Thanks Marion! Love your too. It makes the site a little more exciting I think!
At 2:20pm on September 10, 2007, Brenda Blackburn said…
Thanks for inviting me Marion! I look forward to reading everything on your page, and chatting with you soon! Have a great day!

If you'd like to take a peek of my Sept. newsletter and podcast inner journeys of faith, see:
At 2:19pm on September 10, 2007, E.J. Samadhi Whitehouse said…
Hi Marion in Turkey {salem malenko!}... I tried to accept your invite as a friend but I don't see where or how to do it--can you help me? I must need "new-site-blogging-for-dummies-101". Your site looks great by the way and I would love to connect.

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