Interview with Norman Price

When did you first start writing?
I began writing quite some time ago whilst working as a college lecturer. My first four textbooks were published and sold successfully by Harrap (2), Edward Arnold, and Heinemann Educational Books. This ignited my greater interest in writing and I founded my own editorial agency. Having helped many writers, of both fiction and non-fiction, to get their work published, I was nonetheless dismayed by the number of first-rate writers having their novels rejected by the major publishing houses - a situation wonderfully resolved by the advent of digital self-publishing. Authors are no longer reliant on others and can indeed earn greater rewards by taking this independent path.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book - Editing Tips for Indie Authors - is a helpful guide to self-editing for new authors on a limited budget and highlights the kind of mistakes and shortcomings I continually encounter as a professional editor.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I enjoy having overall control of my books and, of course, the far more generous royalty percentages on offer. And my literary clients can now be sure of having their work published and available for sale worldwide.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has relieved me of the burden of distributing my works individually to all of the major outlets. I greatly appreciate their valuable service.
What prompted you to write novels?
Having lived and worked for several years in the Far East, I simply wanted to write exciting and entertaining thrillers utilizing the exotic oriental settings I knew so well. Hong Kong and Singapore both offer a wonderful mix of East and West, and with the action in my novels relieved by an occasional injection of humour the result, I hope, is some enjoyable reads.
Published 2013-08-30.
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Books by This Author

Key Writing Skills for Morons & Managers (U.S. English Edition)
Series: Writing Guides, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,970. Language: American English. Published: May 21, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Business writing
This U.S. English Edition of KEY WRITING SKILLS FOR MORONS & MANAGERS is a straightforward guide to better communication skills, relevant to every walk of 21st Century life. Morons won't buy it; managers should.
Editing Tips for Indie Authors
Series: Writing Guides, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,380. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
Penned by a fellow author and professional editor, this modest book will help new independent authors on a limited budget to self-edit their prose and avoid the pitfalls awaiting them.
Wild Retribution
Price: Free! Words: 5,620. Language: British English. Published: March 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
A harrowing short story of child abduction and violent rough justice in the United Kingdom County of Essex.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 65,580. Language: British English. Published: July 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
When his name was linked to a devastating raid on a Singapore Armed Forces armoury, and then the brutal kidnapping of international VIPs, Chen was swiftly labelled Public Enemy Number 1. And that was only the beginning. But the catastrophic climax to the resulting confrontation involving British SAS personnel left everyone utterly stunned.
Key Writing Skills for Morons & Managers
Series: Writing Guides, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,400. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Business communication / general
KEY WRITING SKILLS FOR MORONS & MANAGERS is a straightforward guide to better communication skills, relevant to every walk of present-day life.
Share a Crooked Rickshaw
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 51,160. Language: British English. Published: February 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Rick Donovan is having a tough time. First a fellow Hong Kong police officer goes missing, then a friend is killed, and that's only the beginning. Finding love amid the chaos was an unexpected bonus, then that too is in peril as the dangers spill out of control. Show less