Interview with Phil Chandler

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Online publishing has many advantages for me, including control over content, marketing and publication dates. Of course, I also like the fact that authors are more fairly rewarded for their work.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I love the fact that I can upload a single file and have it converted into multiple formats, saving a lot of time. Smashwords does a great job of offering a one-page shop for all my books.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy the process of organizing my thoughts and the challenge of conveying complex ideas and instructions in a way that my readers can most easily understand.
What do your fans mean to you?
It's hard to think of having 'fans', but I know I have many loyal readers and I am grateful for that.
What are you working on next?
I have just completed the 4th edition of The Barefoot Beekeeper, and I will soon finish Balanced Beekeeping II: Managing a Top Bar Hive. After that, I want to write a book on queen rearing for small-scale beekeepers. I have ideas for further books, based on the effects of keeping bees on their 'keepers'.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend a lot of my time watching bee behaviour and reading other people's books about bees and beekeeping. Not that I'm obsessed, of course...
What is your writing process?
I start with an idea, or theme, then make an outline, with tentative chapter headings. I use Scrivener, which I recommend to any writer who cannot sit down and write a book from start to finish without re-writing, re-organizing chapters or re-thinking whole sections. I do all the finishing work in Open Office, which can produce PDF files at the click of a button.
What do you read for pleasure?
When I'm not reading about bees, I read mostly non-fiction in subject areas that interest me, and try to find different points of view to broaden and deepen my understanding. So I will read Dawkins and Sheldrake, for example.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a tablet for most books, although my Nexus 4 is often adequate for shorter documents.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Creating an informative web site with a busy forum has been easily my most successful strategy. I do use social media as well, of course.
Describe your desk
My desk is a mess! Right now it supports my laptop, various backup devices, a solar powered bluetooth phone speaker, a battery charger, a digital recorder, a jar of pens and pencils, a pocket oscilloscope and a multi-component tester (electronics is one of my hobbies).
Published 2014-08-07.
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Books by This Author

Learning From Bees: a philosophy of natural beekeeping
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 22,730. Language: British English. Published: December 13, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Nature, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Gardening
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
A collection of short essays on bees and beekeeping by the author of The Barefoot Beekeeper.
Beekeping - Pure and Simple
Price: Free! Words: 6,600. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Nature, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Crafts & Hobbies
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Are modern beekeeping methods partly to blame for the poor state of health of our honeybees? Phil Chandler, author of The Barefoot Beekeeper, suggests that we need to take a fresh - and more holistic - look at the way we work with bees. If you are interested in learning a more natural approach to beekeeping, this is a good place to start.
An Introduction to Natural Beekeeping
Price: Free! Words: 3,280. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Green living
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Have you thought about taking up beekeeping, but are put off by the expensive equipment you were told to buy, or stories of honeybee colonies collapsing? If so, then low-cost, low-impact, chemical-free, 'natural beekeeping' may be exactly what you are looking for. Phil Chandler suggests more natural ways in which we can renew and develop our relationship with the honeybee.