Interview with Peter Court

What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am a newbie to self-publishing therefore I still have to establish a book-marketing platform. I have obviously informed all of my social media contacts and urged them to pre-order my book, “Tis only the price of a cup of coffee” I implore them! (Moreover, it is! With the current exchange rate US $ - GBP £, the GBP equivalent is only? - £2.00p!)
Describe your desk
I have two office desks. My secondary desk, at home, is pristine, there is no clutter around or on my secondary desk, it is laid out so as not to upset my better half. I can find my reference books, my pen, and my cup of tea whilst the brew is still hot and palatable. They are all there; all laid out in an orderly fashion and close to hand.

My primary desk is in my office, my Narnia and my office is about a mile away from my home address. Access to my office and my primary desk, (which I think is lurking somewhere in the middle earth), is akin to opening the cupboard door which once opened leads both myself and the casual visitor into a world unlike any other that I know. There is clutter, it is not pristine, I frequently have to search high and low for my reference material, my pens, and more importantly, my cup of tea, which once found is invariably cold. It is my Narnia from where I get my inspiration, where I can think and do things without interruption. This it is my office where I think my primary desk resides.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Leicestershire UK. My location has had no influence upon my writing to date.
When did you first start writing?
2013 - Age brings with it concern from ones children - "Write a book Dad, there is a book in everyone!" hence the penning and publishing of Two Pensioners and a Porsche - The German Alpine Route and Beyond.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It is all in the title. The story is about two pensioners taking time out and driving through several countries of the European Continent in a Porsche sports car. The book explains in a light-hearted way, I hope, the why, the where and the when. Like many of these journeys, we only managed the tip of the iceberg of history during the time available to us, a journey of twenty-two days in this case. I did manage however to collated enough reference material for the reader to pursue further, should the reader wish to do so of course and I have given an insight of our trip through photographic and video content. I hope the book inspires the reader to retrace the journey of the Two Pensioners and a Porsche at some other time in the not too distant future.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
There was an interesting story to be written about, a story of a real life journey. As an indie author, I was able to get my book out into the marketplace to test the reaction of my endeavours. As a self-publish author using the Smashword platform, I am able to bypass the main publishing houses and the inherent cost of publishing through a third party, and avoid the possibilty of rejection: Because of? What? Financial gain or loss? Who Know's? Although there are administration costs involved and percentages to be both considered and paid for the entrepreneur in me said "Fail fast, fail often and then go with what works! Publish and be dammed!"
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I cannot thank Smashwords enough for making the process of becoming a self-publisher and providing the platform to achieve such a daunting task so easy. Things like formatting my Word documents, setting the layout of my book, advice as to font matter etc. the list goes on. To publish with Smashwords is for the 'Luddite' - aka me - a non-complicated process and I applaud Mark Coker and his team for the effort that they have clearly put into the publishing platform that is Smashwords.
Who are your favorite authors?
During my working life whilst running a business, and like many other business people trying to achieve a work/life balance, I tend to read whilst on holiday with crime/thriller writers possibly being my favourite genre. I have no particular favourite author but there are several that I tend to look for whilst perusing the library shelves for interesting reads. I also enjoy reading real life stories and one particular book that readily springs to mind is 'Shantaram' - by Gregory David Roberts ISBN: 9780349117546
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life, love, my wife, my children and grandchildren, my close friends and my new found hobbies.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Photography and video and trying to master these new disciplines both of which I feel is like playing golf, when the long game is on song the short game is off the radar and vice-versa!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh, Yes! - As mentioned, my youngest daughter said to me "There's a book in everyone Dad!" and so there is but I'm not too sure how good the book that is 'in everyone' stands up to scrutiny by the authors peers! Placing it into the market place is possibly the only answer and a year ago, I attempted to do just that. I entered a short story book of 3000 words into a competition for novice writers and as history would have it, I did not come first or even in the top ten. I may have come eleventh or even two hundred and thirty eighth in the pecking order but it did not matter. The die ‘is cast’ and I have now developed that initial foray into writing into a full-blown fictional novel. The storyline is a long one and suffice to say that my first attempt at writing a fiction novel is still in the manuscript stage, about one third complete, ( 70,000 words to date no less), and has received ‘mixed’ to ‘very good’ reviews from my family and friends. I hope to publish this novel during 2015 and if Two Pensioners and a Porsche get some sort of reaction then I shall be inspired to publish the book earlier. It’s all a learning curve dictated by experience!
How do you approach cover design?
By using my existing albeit limited knowledge of design strategy mixed with common sense. Ask questions with any professional who may be a friend, go to open forum discussion groups for advise and absorb the information that is a given within the Smashword platform. The enjoyable feature of cover design is the learning curve in achieving the result, which inevitably will be a subjective design, and not to everyone's taste.
Published 2015-04-16.
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Books by This Author

Two Pensioners and a Porsche - The German Alpine Route and Beyond
Price: Free! Words: 29,170. Language: British English. Published: July 19, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography, Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals
Two Pensioners and a Porsche is a journal with photographic and video content compiled during a twenty two day car journey accross the Continent of Europe. The purpose of the journey was to explore The German Alpine Route, some 450 kilometres of alpine scenery from Lindau, Lake Constance Bavaria to the infamous Eagles Nest at Berchtesgaden. The journey then continues via.several countries Beyond.