2012 Spring & Summer Catalog of Books by Thomas Jerome Baker


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This catalog of books by Thomas Jerome Baker brings together over 40 books on Amazon, Kindle, and CreateSpace. Take your time to browse, there is something here for everyone. After you read, share your reading experience by writing a review. I trust your reading will be pleasant and enjoyable...

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2012 Spring & Summer Catalog of Books by Thomas Jerome Baker

  1. 1. The Spring 2012 Catalog of Books by Thomas Jerome Baker Amazon, Kindle & CreateSpace
  2. 2. ABOUT THE AUTHORThomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He is theCoordinator of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago,Chile.He is the Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago: free, participant-driven, democratic, conversation-based professional development for teachers, byteachers.Thomas was trained as a nurse at the Berufsfachschule für Krankenpflege,Kreiskrankenhaus Eschenbach, Germany and subsequently worked as a nurse ininternal medicine, intensive care unit. In the USA, he worked as a Director of StaffDevelopment, long-term care, and as a Clinic Manager at a community health careclinic for mostly low income, migrant farm workers and their families in Woodland,California.Thomas is also a member of the Advisory Board for the International HigherEducation Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as areviewer and as the HETL Ambassador for Chile.Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. He has written the followinggenres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sports history/biography, andEnglish Language Teaching.Author Page on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/thomasjeromebakerBlog: http://www.profesorbaker.com
  3. 3. 20-Question Author Interview: Thomas Jerome Baker1. Your name:Thomas Jerome Baker2. Short Bio:I’m Thomas Jerome Baker, author, brother, uncle, husband,son-in-law, brother-in-law, cousin, father, son, and teacher. Ihave to say there are two passions in my life: writing andreading (lifelong) and teaching English. I even met my wife,
  4. 4. Gaby, at an English course and can boast I’ve been reading,writing and teaching for as long as I can remember.I’m the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010 – 2011), a Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago, and theCoordinator of the English Department at ColegioInternacional SEK.3. When and why did you begin writing?My writing has always given me such personal enjoyment. Istarted writing poetry and short stories in grade school butnever showed them to anyone.I began to share my writing with my students because I foundit was a way to get reluctant readers to engage on a deeperlevel with a text. I feel that writing is a great way for me toreflect on life in general and express myself a lot moreeloquently than the hustle and bustle of everyday life permits.Progressing into the ‘author world’ is a personal goal andallows me to leave a bit of legacy for those who know me best,my family…
  5. 5. 4. What inspired you to write your first book?My students, who were all boys, weren’t reading well. Theycould read quite well, but they weren’t interested in reading,frankly. Over the winter holiday I wrote “Meet Me inMemphis“, a wonderful boys book, with lots of familiar places,love, romance, danger, and a difficult decision to make for thetwo protagonists. It actually got the boys reading and I’ve beenwriting seriously ever since.5. Did it take a long time to get your first bookpublished?As a matter of fact it did. I didn’t try to find a publisher, and Ididn’t want to pay an exorbitant amount of money to have a
  6. 6. publisher print a few copies. Seven years went by before I hadthe will and the technology to self-publish on Amazon.6. What made you decide to self-publish?To be frank, self-publishing puts me in control of everything,and I like that. I’ve published thirthy five (35) books in a veryshort period of time and that would have been an impossiblefeat with a publisher.7. How do you market your work?I do a lot of social media networking, Facebook, LinkedIn,Twitter, Goodreads, and several others. Also, I am a peopleperson so it is easy for me to talk one-on-one with individualsabout my work. I find people are more inclined to buy mybook when they get a personal introduction and pitch. It’s allabout selling yourself first and your writing second, in myopinion.8. What is the name of your latest book, and if youhad to summarise it in less than 20 words, whatwould you say?
  7. 7. My latest book is called, “The Interview Teacher: FromImagination to Sophistication“.Interviews go from being an imaginary event to a verysophisticated discourse process, like this interview, forexample…9. How long does it usually take you to write a book,from the original idea to finishing writing it?
  8. 8. That’s tricky since “Amy Winehouse: Angel Song” wasgrounded firmly in reality, though not a biography, but an actof redemption. When she was alive we spent so much timefocusing on her problems and very little on what her musicallegacy was, on the one hand, and her personal significance tothe world was, on the other. That kind of story needs moretime to dig deeper, emotionally, in oneself.
  9. 9. Further, all the proceeds, every penny, every dollar, everypound, every Euro, the entire proceeds, all of the money forthe sale of the book goes to the Amy Winehouse Foundation tohelp young people who are struggling with alcohol addiction.Again, to speak frankly, drug and alcohol addiction is not avery popular charity to give money to / to donate financialresources. Yet I would suspect that most of us would have verylittle trouble in identifying someone who needs help.The ironic thing is that the earlier you get rehabilitationtreatment and therapy for people in need, the better theoutcome is. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to waituntil someone hits rock bottom to help. By then, it’s usuallytoo late to do much good.To make a long story short, Amy Winehouse is a person who Iconsider to have been a brilliant musician, singer, songwriter,given to us on Earth for a short time, and in that time, provedthat she belonged among the Angels in Heaven according towhat she taught us with her music, her voice, and yes, her life.She is missed down here…
  10. 10. Obviously, this book took a long time to write, but when I’mwriting about teaching, it’s usually my experience that isultimately readily available for expression. That’s a very quickprocess. As I said before, I’ve written 35 books and themajority are books about some aspect of education, which I’mfamiliar with. Again, it’s quite a swift process.10. What genre would you place your books into?English Language Teaching / Education / Historical Fiction /Romance / Non-Fiction Biographical11. Where do you get your book plot ideas from?My life experience on the one hand and inspiration from mywife and my son on the other.12. Do you have a writing routine?I have to write some every day. Writing gives me a way tospend my time creatively, imaginatively, and passionatelyengaged in bringing something together that often has notbeen said adequately. So, yes, I write every day, and it is a lotof fun, pleasant, and deeply satisfying for me.
  11. 11. To say I’m addicted to writing would be an injustice, however.Just like the human body needs food, my mind needs acreative outlet. For me, that’s writing, a personal necessity.13. Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”?What did you do to get past the “block”?I’ve been fortunate not to have writer’s block, but if that werethe case I’d try to figure out what was coming between myability to write, and then, more importantly, decide if therewas anything I could do about the situation. More often thannot, life presents you with situations that are beyond yourcontrol, and when you accept that, to live with ambiguity, youare able to carry on with the things you want to do. At least,that’s what works for me.14. Are there any specific authors whose writingstyles or subject matter inspires your book(s)?In the field of ELT, Scott Thornbury is an awesome author, aswell as Herbert Puchta. Herbert is a Past-President of theInternational Association of Teachers of English as a ForeignLanguage (IATEFL), a global organization dedicated toimproving the teaching and learning of English as a foreign
  12. 12. language. I have several of their books, and they haveinfluenced my thinking about ELT and being a teacher ingeneral. Both have been wonderful role models for manyteachers to aspire to one day.I do not exaggerate when I say that achieving a quarter – onefourth – of what they have done in their careers would be asatisfying and rewarding career for most of us in the field ofEnglish Language Teaching, to include myself.Herbert’s work with teaching teenagers is fantastic and Scottis always willing to extend a warm hand of guidance toanyone. He writes a regular blog post on Sunday on hisblog, An A-Z of ELT, that any teacher could take advantage of.It costs you only your time, and the learning is guaranteed.You always learn something new, or, you see a given aspect ofteaching in a different light. It’s because you were thinking,questioning your beliefs and assumptions. These are mygiants, Scott and Herbert, and they willingly make theirshoulders available for anyone to stand on…
  13. 13. 15. What are you currently reading?I actually am just beginning “Dreams of My Father” by BarackObama. The book was given to me as a present four years ago(1), so it was about time I got around to reading it. It is a realpage turner so if you put it off until now like I did, you shouldcheck it out!16. What piece of advice would you give to a newwriter?Never give up your dream.Work hard.Write about the things you know about and, the people andthe places that you know about. In that way, your writing willbe authenticly YOU, and thus, very convincing.Don’t worry so much about being rich and famous – just enjoythe journey and let the fame and riches take care of itself. Tobe frank, most writers write as a hobby, few are able to make aliving as a writer, so whatever you do – don’t quit your dayjob!
  14. 14. 17. Do you have another project in the works? If so,what is it?Yes, the third book in the Storyteller Series– the trilogy. I haveone more book to write, and then I will lay the LastStoryteller to rest.This mystical story is about the son of the Storyteller. The Sonmust carry on with life after his father and mother have diedand left him as the only StoryTeller alive on Earth to find thePhilosopher’s Stone and to save the world from the forces ofevil who also want the stone.
  15. 15. I’m actually still letting the story develop in my mind before Isit down to write it. As the last book in the trilogy, it is going tobe the decisive moment for the Earth, based on his failure orsuccess in keeping the stone out of the hands of those whowould use its power for evil purposes.Stay tuned for this one – it’s gonna be a great book! Look for,“The StoryTeller’s Son” to complete the trilogy if you alreadyhave Books one and two: Book One: Celestial Games, andBook Two: The Last StoryTeller.
  16. 16. 18. How can people get in touch with you?Email: profesorbaker@gmail.comMy website is www.profesorbaker.com19. Where else can your readers find you?I am also at English Classhttp://englishclass2000.blogspot.com/, Reading toSpeak, Debates in EFL, Teacher of English.
  17. 17. I have a Author Page / Fan Page on Facebook, an AuthorPage on Amazon, and Goodreads http://bit.ly/Ia7Hh8 , too.a) Your blog details?www.profesorbaker.blogspot.comb) Your Facebook page? Facebookc) Your Goodreads author page? Goodreadshttp://bit.ly/Ia7Hh8d) Your Twitter details? @profesortbakerhttps://twitter.com/#!/profesortbakere) Your book trailer?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwBYtgDoTH0f) Amazon page20. Where can readers buy your books?CreateSpace Amazon http://amzn.to/AC4eXghttp://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Jerome-Baker/e/B007G9HJFMThank you so much & good luck with all your books.Thank you kindly…
  18. 18. Poems & Poetry: Our StoryThis is the place where one looks,where we can find distant places,full of magical, adventurous faces.Here, in the magical books.This is the place where one looks!
  19. 19. Being A Teacher in Chile“How do you become a good teacher?” Those of you who know me from reading mywriting already know my answer. The short answer, the simple answer, the easy tounderstand answer. It has two parts.First, love what you do. Love being a teacher so much that if you had the power tobe anything on Earth, pilot, astronaut, doctor, dentist, taxi-driver, singer, dancer,artist, musician, anything at all, you would still choose to be a teacher. Love being ateacher, that’s number one…
  20. 20. Most Studious on Amazon KindleMost StudiousFor more than four hundred years, the personal essay has been one ofthe richest and most vibrant of all literary forms.Distinguished from the detached formal essay by its friendly,conversational tone, its loose structure, and its drive toward candorand self-disclosure, the personal essay seizes on the minutiae of dailylife-vanities, fashions, foibles, oddballs, seasonal rituals, love anddisappointment, the pleasures of solitude, reading, taking a walk — tooffer insight into the human condition and the great social and politicalissues of the day.Most Studious is a celebration of this genre: the personal essay.
  21. 21. http://amzn.to/K0J8Ar http://amzn.to/K0J8Ar
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  25. 25. Teacher Talking TimeTeacher Talking Time
  26. 26. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007AZ99DWhttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B007AZ99DW
  27. 27. Connectivism For EFL TeachersConnectivism For EFL Teachers
  28. 28. A Test The World Can TakeAuthored by Thomas Jerome Baker https://www.createspace.com/3817090
  29. 29. EdCamp Santiago: The First Seven DaysEdCamp Santiago: The First Seven Days
  30. 30. Boudicca: Her StoryBoudicca: Her Story
  31. 31. Meet Me in MemphisMeet Me in Memphis
  32. 32. The Collected Short Stories of T. Jerome BakerThe Collected Short Stories of T. Jerome Baker
  33. 33. Alexis Sanchez: The Beautiful Game Poetry in MotionAuthored by Thomas Jerome Baker https://www.createspace.com/3814252
  34. 34. Being A Reading TeacherAuthored by Thomas Jerome Baker https://www.createspace.com/3823637
  35. 35. Being A Teacher In ChileAuthored by Thomas Jerome Baker https://www.createspace.com/3866846
  36. 36. Celestial Games: Aquarians, Lepechauns & The Pot of Gold Authored by T. Jerome Baker https://www.createspace.com/3785138 Book Trailer: Celestial Games Song: Die Zeit Hält Nicht An / Time Never Stops http://bit.ly/IHaQAK aus dem MP4Life Vol3 Mixtape2010 (MPR Artists: )Phenom, Erika, J-Zwok & Chriz
  37. 37. Connectivism & Connected Knowledge: A Personal Journey Authored by Thomas Jerome Baker https://www.createspace.com/3822545
  38. 38. Connectivism for EFL Teachers:A Theory of Learning for A Digital Age Authored by Thomas Jerome Baker https://www.createspace.com/3804227
  39. 39. EdCamp Santiago:A R(E)volution in Professional Development Authored by Thomas Jerome Baker https://www.createspace.com/3816401
  40. 40. Fear of WritingAuthored by Thomas Jerome Baker https://www.createspace.com/3817421
  41. 41. How to Teach the “Art” of WritingAuthored by Thomas Jerome Baker https://www.createspace.com/3823252
  42. 42. Let A Thousand Models Bloom: The Unconference is Dead https://www.createspace.com/3883954
  43. 43. La Desconferencia: Edcamp Santiago (Spanish) Authored by Thomas Jerome Baker https://www.createspace.com/3877968
  44. 44. Luxora: My HometownAuthored by Thomas Jerome Baker https://www.createspace.com/3811122
  45. 45. Most StudiousAuthored by Thomas Jerome Bakerhttps://www.createspace.com/3858227
  46. 46. My Dear Friend, Welcome to ChileThe Most Beautiful Country in the World Authored by Thomas Jerome Baker https://www.createspace.com/3803278
  47. 47. Profesorbakers Blog: A Bit of Everything Authored by Thomas Jerome Bakerhttps://www.createspace.com/3808964
  48. 48. Story Tellers In Pursuit of HappinessAuthored by Thomas Jerome Bakerhttps://www.createspace.com/3840772
  49. 49. Teacher Professional Development: ReflectionsAuthored by Thomas Jerome Baker https://www.createspace.com/3820692
  50. 50. Teacher Talking Time: The 80 - 20 Rule ReVisited Authored by Thomas Jerome Bakerhttps://www.createspace.com/3806690
  51. 51. Teaching Academic Writing:Theory, Practice & The Passive Voice Controversy Authored by Thomas Jerome Baker https://www.createspace.com/3801287
  52. 52. Teaching Debate in Chile:Age of Wisdom, Season of Light, Spring of Hope Authored by Thomas Jerome Baker https://www.createspace.com/3784907
  53. 53. Teaching the Four Skills in EFL: Activities for EFL Teachers Authored by Thomas Baker https://www.createspace.com/3809085
  54. 54. The Chilean National English Test: A Personal Journey Authored by Thomas Jerome Bakerhttps://www.createspace.com/3835087
  55. 55. The International Baccalaureate:The International Baccalaureate Program Authored by Thomas Jerome Baker https://www.createspace.com/3815969
  56. 56. The Interview Teacher: From Imagination to Sophistication Authored by Thomas Jerome Bakerhttps://www.createspace.com/3852047
  57. 57. The Last Storyteller: The Philosophers Stone Authored by Thomas Jerome Bakerhttps://www.createspace.com/3840465
  58. 58. The Native Speaker Myth ReVisited Authored by Thomas Jerome Bakerhttps://www.createspace.com/3809987
  59. 59. The PLN: Professional Learning Network Authored by Thomas Jerome Bakerhttps://www.createspace.com/3810086
  60. 60. The Spelling Bee for EFL Teachers Authored by Thomas Jerome Bakerhttps://www.createspace.com/3829193
  61. 61. Time To Teach Teens Authored by Thomas Jerome Bakerhttps://www.createspace.com/3825340
  62. 62. http://www.amazon.com/Unlocking-Reading-For-Students-ebook/dp/B007S3HPZUhttp://www.amazon.com/Unlocking-Reading-For-Students-ebook/dp/B007S3HPZU
  63. 63. http://amzn.to/L9QiRuhttp://amzn.to/L9QiRu