Moving Back to Jamaica

A blog about my Move Back to Jamaica after 20+ years of living in the US. Most of the articles focus on the period from 2005-2009 when the transition was new, and at it's most challenging.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Writing a Book

Recently I got some encouragement to take the content from this blog and turn it into a book.

That is -- a "physical book," not an ebook.

I was caught by surprise, but after some thought I realized that the non-computer-addicted population of Jamaicans in England, Canada, the U.S. and beyond might be interested in hearing what the experience is like, given that they probably have some kind of commitment (albeit delayed) to return to live in Jamaica.

I began to think .. when I was living in New Jersey -- the so-called armpit of America -- how much would I have paid to pick up a copy of my blog?

In the middle of winter, after cruising each of the aisles of the West Indian store, taking in the smells, looking at the produce, picking up items to take home to cook... if I saw a book at the check-out counter that shared an actual move back to Jamaica, I would take a look at the snow/ ice/ sleet outside and definitely pay... (I'm ashamed to say how much.) But I would do it happily.

What do you think?



At 2/04/2008 11:17 AM, Anonymous Esteban Agosto Reid said...

I think writing a book on Moving Back To Jamaica is an excellent idea.Go for it Mr.Wade.I will definitely piurchase a copy!! RESPECT!!

At 2/04/2008 11:18 AM, Blogger Morpheus Rablings said...

I don't think my comments will have any influence on your final decision, as it is a very paersonal choice for you to write a book.
However, having said that, I would wholeheartedly agree that you should write the book, notwithstanding the the difficulties.
As I member of the diaspora, it would be highly informative to have that type of information solidified, outlined and explained in one place.
At the moment, to get any meaningful information one has to search outdated web pages (Jamaica Customs) and visit ill-trained Embassies (they give incorrect information)to garner any data.
If a member of the diaspora decides to visit their country of birth (Jamaica) on a fact finding mission, to gather information on the various procedures required for returning home, it is always from sources that are not factual. Also some of the information will not be forthcoming before it is time to return to your domiciled country.
If the people living abroad, take the only information coming from the media as the basis for returning home,they will never set foot on the island of Jamaica.
Your propsed book, based on the information I have read on your blog, will serve as a definitive source of factual, objective procedures.
Thanks for taking the time to read this form of encouragement.

At 2/04/2008 11:40 AM, Anonymous ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID said...

Good points Morphesu Ramblings!!

At 2/05/2008 3:50 PM, Blogger GaryM said...

I am so glad that you have decided to write this book. I remember nominating you to write this book months ago on this Blog.

Your blog has helped a lot of people including me with the move back.

If there is anything that I can do to help just let me know.
I have figured out quit a few things since coming back. 1 year now. WOW!!

At 2/05/2008 4:40 PM, Blogger Kiki said...

I think it's a brilliant idea, though it might be more saleable in the form of an autobiography, with an account of your personal experience intertwined with your sharp insights on our culture....and food for thought, I don't know, how about if your wife (as a non-Jamaican) has a voice too, giving her account from her point of view? (That would mean a structure of different chapters or sections for each..) That is one book that I would definitely buy (and probably send to all kind of multi-culti couples flung far and wide who are friends of mine!)
Go for it!

At 2/05/2008 8:59 PM, Anonymous Cam Green said...

Excellent idea--Go for it!
I do think approaching it from an autobiographical standpoint is best. I might mention one caveat: a book of this nature should not be used as an authority on moving back--it's simply a chronicle of your experiences. Moving back involves many processes, some of which change over time and people should not depend wholeheartedly on what you write. It is, however, up to the reader to realize that!
In any event, best of luck. Can't wait to buy it!

At 2/06/2008 1:17 PM, Blogger Morpheus Rablings said...

@cam green
You have a good point, however, I will respectfully point out that there is a solution, and it is called "Edition".
It is fwade's decision, but, with changes, he may look at the possibility of issusing "Second Edition", which could include ALL the changes since the "First Edition"
I have "been there", "done that" with trying to get factual information on returning to Jamrock. The people and places that you are directed to speak to and read from are all outdated OR the officials ask for Ja$1500 to provide you with a piece of paper (the listing of what you are entitled to ship, before paying duty).
Please, don't get me started.
This book will be the start of something that is NEEDED, in whatever format Francis decides to implement.
Walk Good.

At 2/08/2008 10:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I haven't visited your blog in a long time but when I do, it's always so interesting to read. I think it's a great idea... & you have enough already to show as part of the book proposal. In fact, you're already doing the most impt aspect of the work: putting your experience into words... putting it "out there" in another modality is the easier part of the job.

Go for it! :))
Love & best wishes,

At 2/10/2008 5:44 PM, Anonymous nyvette said...

I think its a Great idea !
You have unique perspective
& current insight on the subject/transition, that I'm sure
that many others would like to read .
Much success in your endeavors, ~ peace, nadine

At 2/12/2008 1:14 PM, Blogger fwade said...

Wow -- thanks so much... to all.


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