Outside of reading for publishing, or for research on my own work, I enjoy reading biographies and autobiographies. I like to understand the background to people and the motivation that drove them.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media is a low cost, effective way of marketing. We have used this extensively during our growth phase, but will start to look towards more conventional advertising mediums as we progress.
What are you working on next?
As an author I am working on 'The Nearly Men' a follow-up to 'One Hit Wonders'.
As a publisher, we have a lot of new and exciting works coming to us all the time, certainly many new fiction books which we hope the public will find fresh and interesting.
Who are your favorite authors?
In terms of fiction, it would have to be H.G Wells.
In terms of fact, there are many authors I love to read when conducting research, namely Doug Nye, Chris Nixon and Eric Dymock.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
With my family. I have two beautiful children who mean the world to me and I'm very lucky to have a supporting and loving wife.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Recieving feedback from real people. Critics will find something they don't like, becuase that's they're job (even if they really do like the book). The general public, by and large, don't have anythign to gain from finding fault unless it actually exisits. Sometimes there is over ciritism, but in them ain it's nice to have the feedback.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Different methods. Sometimes I'm looking for a specific ebook so I'll search the keywords, sometimes there's something new that I want to read, other times it's down to recomendations.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes - it wasn't very good.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember the first book that made me want to write, both fiction and non-fiction. At the moment I'm concentrating on my non-fiction writing, but there are some fiction stories I will get out into the public at some point.
How do you approach cover design?
For my own books, I tend to have a pretty good idea of what I'd like and then work either by myself or with some artists I know to achieve the end result.
With authors we publish it can be a differenet process. Some authors are very good artists and come complete with artwork which we just need to format to make it usable. Other authors we work together to get some ideas and come up with various drafts so that together we can find an optimal solution.
Whilst they say "Don't judge a book by it's cover.", thats really what the public does. Getting the artwork right is really important. It should link into the content in someway.
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