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.
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