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Seafaring Stories: The Sailor's Book-in-the-Making

Updated on June 24, 2011

With the recommendation of Seafarer Mama, the author of The Complete Guide to Growing Your Own Fruits and Berries: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply, I began thinking on how to collate my data in Seafaring and make a book out of it.

I've read from her hub that it took her 10 months (with intensive writing hours and occasional rest periods) to finish the book and publish it.

My published hubs on HubPages are but some of the fragments of stories at sea where I experienced during my first decade as a sailor.

The mixed cultures on board ship brought about by different sailors around the world made me decide to document my travels.

With this note, I also began scouting local publishers in the Philippines, if they'll be interested about my stories on seafaring.

Time constraint hamper my desire to concentrate on my book-in-the-making. With lots of online endeavors that rippled my direction to finish it, I am giving myself a year to complete my manuscript before submitting it to the publisher that will publish my book.

The Sailor posing at the monkey bridge (MT Athos, 2003)
The Sailor posing at the monkey bridge (MT Athos, 2003)

Preparation on my book journey

I am maintaining a group page on Facebook that involves my co-sailors around the world. The group, Marinong Pinoy, enables me to be connected with them, wherever they go.

The attachment among Filipino sailors, who comprise 23 per cent of the crewing world, is so homey that more often than not, we became comrades-for-life(godparents) because of the kids being born in particular family. Weddings, birthdays, picnics...sailors who are neighbors continue their bondage ashore.

There are intimate stories that should be fictionalized to hide the identities of the sailors involved.

There will be portions that will feature my alma mater, of course, and my journey to finish my schooling. I think, I have to involve my maritime school. This will surely be a wise move to promote my upcoming book. The Dean of Student Affairs and the owner can also write a foreword on my manuscript.

I've already collated about personal stories. I cannot reveal the identity of my colleagues, because one of them is hiding a secret. I think this will be one of my salient points in promoting my book.

With support groups like, the maritime institution where I graduated, the ship manning agency where I work for and the Filipino sailors as a whole and other sailors from around the world, I hope that they'll support my productive endeavor.

The icy lock at one of the channels of Seven Great Lakes in Canada (December, 2008)
The icy lock at one of the channels of Seven Great Lakes in Canada (December, 2008)

Three Parts on my Seafaring Book

First Part - The struggles, trainings and the education I got from maritime institutions and seaman's training center will be my first chapter. How I become what I am now, a writing sailor, will be revealed in this chapter.

Second Part - This will be stories of the sailors I've worked with on board ships for the past 10 years. Brace yourself for the competition of some sailors to some alluring women who became their partners in life. And some stories that will stir your imagination will be of wholesome approach.

Third Part - My personal journey on different Foods and Cultures from the nations that we visited during important port of calls for loading and discharging cargoes.

I am targeting a 30-page medium sized book. If it's possible to solicit sponsors for the printing cost of my first 100 books, I'll do it. Then I'll also promote it at Amazon or eBay to garner more buyers and readers. Or if my luck jives, I can also approach the owner and administrative staff at my maritime school to sponsor the printing.

Well, it's not a wishful thinking anymore. I started working with the manuscripts or my book draft.

Wish me luck!!!

Capt's B-day c/o MrMusicman1971


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      thesailor 6 years ago from Seven Seas

      Hello, there, mib56789. Thanks for linking your hub with this. Hope I can get through with my project.

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      mib56789 6 years ago

      Hello thesailor! I saw your comment at one of travel_man1971's HUBs and am over to support you with this endeavor. I placed a link to your HUB following my HUB hoping others will hop over and see how you're progressing. Keep at it!!

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      thesailor 6 years ago from Seven Seas

      Thank you for the tip, Spirit Whisperer. I'll be checking Slarty O"Brian's latest hub on self-publishing.

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      thesailor 6 years ago from Seven Seas

      Thanks, travel man. Can't wait to see it officially published!

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      This is a very worthwhile endeavour and no doubt you and your book will be very successful. Have you read Slarty O' Brian's latest hub explaining how to self publish at no cots to yourself? Good luck!

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Good luck on your book journey. Inspirations coming from sailors around the world are plenty. I'm sure you'll cover everything and I can't wait to read it.