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ODYSSEYA -- An Epic Journey: From Russia to Australia

Alexander Vassilieff

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ISBN 10: 0646489011 / ISBN 13: 9780646489018
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Title: ODYSSEYA -- An Epic Journey: From Russia to ...

Publisher: Vassilieff Publishing

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Synopsis: A family of Russian colonists settle and develop new extremities of Russia. Their journey spans over two hundred years and takes them southward, close to the Black Sea. Eventually they cross the vast land and resettle in the untamed Russian Far East. Their involvement with the Far Eastern Railroad and the goldfields leads them to a new Russian City, Harbin, along the Sungari River in the Manchurian Hills of China.

By 1920, like Shangri-La, Harbin provides sanctuary for countless refugees seeking freedom from the clutches of the Soviet regime who has taken over their homeland. Their reprieve is disturbed by a new invader from the Empire of the Rising Sun ? Japan. Just as the aggressors are rebuked, the evil claw again extends from beyond their homeland wooing them to return. Some of the remaining descendants flee once more, this time across the ocean to Australia. They were men and women with wills of steel, tempered by their long journey. This strength helped them to adapt and succeed in the Land Down Under.

Alex Vassilieff vividly recounts the extraordinary journey of his ancestors. He not only provides a compelling account of survival against the odds, he also gives a personal insight into what it is like to be born a Russian, with all the complexities that entails.

From the Publisher: It took me over five years to research and produce a manuscript, have it assessed by a prospective publisher and go through a process of producing galley copies and receive reviews. However, eventually I decided to self publish and was successful in achieving my first print run of 500 copies with Griffin Press. Marketing and distribution followed - 100 books in the first month. I further decided to go global by Print on Demand (POD)through a partnering arrangement with BookSurge and Amazon.com A combination of self-publishing and global distribution through POD often appears to be the best solution for a new author as large publishers are seldom interested in untried new tallent. Small publishers in trying to survive too often provide terms biased towards themselves. A novice has to learn quickly to survive and achieve recognition. Electronic publishing provides that opportunity. For this I extend my thanks and appreciation to BookSurge. The moral of the storey is that very few writers make it in the world. To produce your first book is not cheap and it is very time consuming associated with a long learning curve. If you have a paying job do not give it up. Like in most things spend only what you think you can afford. If you're not enjoying it give it up. But if you achieve it in the end the legacy you leave behind will be your reward. The book sales are your icing on the cake.

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