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James Springer

James Springer

George Town, Malaysia

James has written for some of Malaysia's most prominent cultural magazines and is a co-editor of the Penang Free Sheet, Penang's weekly go-to event guide.

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JAMES SPRINGER left his home in the UK immediately after graduating from Loughborough University with a 2:1 in Politics and International Relations in 2008. Eager to test his student’s perspective of the world with reality, he first lived in Syria before traveling overland to South-East Asia and Malaysia. Although quiet and underdeveloped at the time, the small island of Penang quickly became a home-away-from-home and fueled his intense desire for making a difference in the world – however small.

Springer’s initial step into Penang’s development was with wine. After completing his Sommelier’s course in Kuala Lumpur, he embarked on a mission to raise the local population’s general knowledge of wine through courses and classes taught at wine bars, seminars, and hospitality institutions across the country. His company – Wine Advisory – has been running for three years now.

Writing was a passion of his throughout his time in Malaysia, albeit somewhat sidelined, until the beginning of 2016 when he made it a full-time, freelancing career. He has written – and continues to write – for Malaysian publications such as Penang Monthly and The Expat Group, as well as international magazines such as GQ and Esquire through their subsidiaries in Malaysia. He is also co-founder and co-editor of the Penang Free Sheet, a weekly-distributed four-page booklet detailing all the events taking place in Penang each week. Conceived in 2014, the Penang Free Sheet continues today with over 6,000 physical and electronic copies delivered each week, a functional website, and development of an application underway.

In addition to Malaysia’s Canvas, Springer has another two concepts in mind for future publication. Noble Rot is set to be a work of fiction, telling the story of illegal immigrant Paul Jameson becoming disenchanted with the exotic as he struggles to raise wine’s profile in Malaysia, while slowly degrading into a tropical life of drink and debauchery, black magic, corruption, and wildly confusing cultural norms. The other, On the Campaign Trail: Malaysia’s Political Reality, will be another non-fiction, fly-on-the-wall account of Malaysia’s opposition party campaigning for the general elections in May 2018, for a period of 6-8 months. Using his contacts in federal and state government, Springer aims to document how a democratic political campaign is carried out in Malaysia by following the party’s nominees as they travel the country engaging with the voting public.

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Update #10 - Campaign extension and the beginnings of a plan... May 4, 2017

Dear All,

I have been afforded an extension to my campaign for Malaysia's Canvas of an extra 20 days. The reasons for this run deep but in essence it is because I want to ensure I get the right publisher for the book that can fulfill my international expectations.

However, I have the beginnings of a plan coming together. I have my mind set now on using two different publishers, whatever the outcome. One will be a regional publisher in South-East Asia and the other will cover the US, the UK, Europe and Australia. At the moment, the two publishers interested in my campaign best suited to enact this are Firewords based in Singapore and Motivational Press based in California. Why don't I just get the ball rolling them? Well, have you heard of them?

Another reason for extending the campaign is that I have been approached by two other publishers independent of my campaign and Publishizer: Morgan James based in New York and Anthem Press based in the UK. These you may have heard of before. The good news is that they are both on Publishizer's books but have not yet seen the campaign because I have not reached the right amount of pre-orders for them to be queried. These are far more established publishers and I have my eyes set on them to distribute the book globally. I, and the fantastic team at Publishizer, are reaching out to them as we speak but the all important pre-orders are crucial in solidifying their interest. You can click on the images below to check them out.

I am still marketing the book online and through social media. There are more author interviews to come and potentially marketing the book through MPH and Popular - two bookstores with outlets in Malaysia and Singapore.

I will continue to send regular updates and keep you informed of the book's progress.

All the very best,

James