Dave Mckay

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Gosh! Have I even READ five books? Seriously, I am a very slow reader, and so I have not read much. I often joke about having written more books than I have read. In fact, my all-time favourites are Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. We read Charles Dickens in school, and they were great books, but just too complex grammatically for me to really enjoy reading them. A Tale of Two Cities is one of the best.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
One-on-one direct marketing. I have a few close friends/fans who promote hard copies of my books the same way I do, which is to offer them to people on the streets for whatever they wish to donate for them. I've always received enough to cover the cost of printing more of them, and when there are profits, I have been able to use them to subsidise the Easy English books for schools in Third World countries. In 2014 I was able to get out over 400,000 books in those two ways (street distributing and subsidised books in schools).
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The Jungle Book - In Easy English
Price: Free! Words: 24,850. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Mother and Father Wolf find a baby boy after his parents are killed by the cruel Tiger Shere Khan. Baloo the Bear teaches him the languages of the Jungle, and Bagheera the Panther protects him from the many dangers that face him in his new world. The original story, by Rudyard Kipling, is translated into Easy English by Dave Mckay and Sheri McKay Ellery and illustrated by his son, Kevin Mckay.
Robinson Crusoe - In Easy English
Price: Free! Words: 42,500. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Fiction » Classics
This classic tale, translated into Easy English by Dave Mckay and beautifully illustrated by his son, Kevin, allows those who are new to the English language a chance to enjoy the dangerous and exciting adventures of Robinson Crusoe, originally written by Daniel DeFoe in 1719.
My Experiments with Truth, Part 1
Price: Free! Words: 59,420. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2020 . Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Here, in his own words, Mohandas Gandhi tells about his life as a child, a student, a lawyer, and as a leader of his people. His whole life was one long “experiment with truth”, and his story should encourage anyone who is trying to do what is right today, in a world where truth and love and faith and honesty seem to be losing the war against all that is evil.
Mountains and Molehills - A Commentary on the Sermon on the Mount
Price: Free! Words: 9,830. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2020 . Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Commentary / New Testament, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Criticism & Interpretation / New Testament
McKay goes through Matthew 5, 6 and 7 line by line, bringing to light the teachings of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount. He delivers a notoriously fiery sermon against materialism, apathy and hypocrisy in organised religion. His commentary is straight forward and easy to understand and gives an unflinching view into life as intended by Jesus and lived out by the first century Church.
Walk of Faith
Price: Free! Words: 45,610. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2019 . Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
Do miracles happen? Walk of Faith is the story of a group of young people who walked 1000 miles across an empty desert, without taking any food, water, money or even a change of clothes. They said that they believed God would feed them. The world came to watch them die, but here, in their own words, they tell how God helped them as they walked on, day after day.
Leo Tolstoy - A Confession - What I Believe.
Price: Free! Words: 54,040. Language: Australian English. Published: July 24, 2019 . Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Biography / New Testament
(5.00 from 1 review)
The great Russian writer had everything to live for. His novel, War and Peace, was said to be one of the greatest novels ever written, making the young writer world famous and very rich. His young wife gave him thirteen children, but for Leo Tolstoy something was still missing. The story of his hunt for meaning in life, which almost ended in him killing himself, is told with powerful and moving
Easy English Book of Quotations
Series: Easy English Books. Price: Free! Words: 27,290. Language: Australian English. Published: February 12, 2016 . Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
(5.00 from 1 review)
Over the years many people have said many wonderful things... some of them funny, some very wise, and some just aimed at making us think. But there are not enough books to hold all that has been said. So when a person is able to say a great truth in just a few words, others have often remembered it and saved it for people to read or hear over and over. They have become famous quotations
Price: Free! Words: 48,640. Language: Swahili. Published: April 2, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Christian » Futuristic, Fiction » Religious
(5.00 from 1 review)
Ni nyakati za giza kuu ulimwenguni. Maafa na maasi yanatisha kuharibu Dunia. Lakini idadi chache ya wateule wanaoamini wanakuwa viongozi baada ya mabadiliko yaliyo tikisa ulimwengu kufuatia mageuzi na kuwepo imani na upendo. Riwaya hii, inayozingatia utabiri halisi ulio kwenye Bibilia, itafanya mengi zaidi na kuburudisha, kuvutia, kushangaza, na zaidi kukushawishi.
Huckleberry Finn
Series: Easy English Books. Price: Free! Words: 110,640. Language: American English. Published: August 6, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Historical » USA
(4.88 from 17 reviews)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was first printed in 1884, eight years after Mark Twain wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. It starts up where the other story finished, and the two books together are believed to be the best that Mark Twain ever wrote. Huck travels down the Mississippi on a raft, facing many dangers on the way, and learning about life and what it means to be a friend.
The Liberator - Part 2
Series: The Liberator, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 10. Language: Australian English. Published: June 9, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Graphic novels/comics/manga, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Religion / Bible Stories / New Testament
(4.94 from 18 reviews)
The story continues. Follow the final twelve chapters of the Gospel of Luke in this radical 48-page comic book. Everything from McDonald’s Restaurants to a modern tractor and chain saw come into the illustrations as readers are challenged to consider this ancient manuscript in a modern setting.
The Liberator - Part 1
Series: The Liberator, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 10. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Graphic novels/comics/manga, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Religious / Christian / Comics & Graphic Novels
(4.77 from 22 reviews)
The first twelve chapters of the Gospel of Luke are beautifully illustrated in this 48-page comic book. From modern applications to a bit of tongue-in-cheek, readers are challenged to consider passage after passage in an entirely new light. This is the first of two volumes which cover the entire Gospel.
A Tale of Two Cities
Series: Easy English Books. Price: Free! Words: 140,230. Language: Australian English. Published: May 24, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
(4.88 from 16 reviews)
"A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens, is part of a special reading program devised by journalist Dave McKay. The program paraphrases classic novels, primarily targeting people who are learning English as a second language. It enables older students to read classic novels despite having a very limited reading vocabulary. 1700 different English words are used in "A Tale of Two Cities".
Fair Dinkum
Price: Free! Words: 80. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Religious, Nonfiction » Comics (nonfictional)
(4.57 from 14 reviews)
This is the Book of James paraphrased as a comic book. It's radical dude! Using a modern Australian context and slang, this powerful twenty two page comic book will challenge and perhaps offend some, and it may even change your life! Don't be an Ozzie Ostrich and stick your head in the sand! Take a look!
Churchianity Vs Christianity
Price: Free! Words: 80. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Graphic novels/comics/manga, Nonfiction » Comics (nonfictional)
(4.85 from 27 reviews)
This is a comic book paraphrase of the book of Galatians, so the Smashword computers do not count words which are drawn into speech bubbles. Nevertheless, it is fairly short (26 pages). Churchianity vs Christianity uses modern situations (e.g. a church building instead of a synagogue, and reference to baptism instead of circumcision) to bring Paul's message forward into a 21st Century context.
Series: The Survivors Trilogy, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 48,720. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Christian » Futuristic, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
(4.95 from 20 reviews)
Moses Chikati is a teenage boda-boda driver in the Kenyan interior, struggling to provide for himself and his younger sister, Rosy, at a time when the world is going through unprecedented turmoil. Circumstances bring Moses into contact with people on four different continents as he finds himself embroiled in some of the most significant events in earth's history.
Series: The Survivors Trilogy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 70,310. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Christian » Futuristic, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
(4.80 from 20 reviews)
This is the first of three novels which challenge the interpretations of prophecy given by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, in the Left Behind series. A string of appendices at the back of the book come from articles McKay wrote before he penned “ Survivors”. With the help of friends in Los Angeles, London, and Sydney, more than a million copies of this title have been sold to the general public...
Series: The Survivors Trilogy, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 50,330. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Christian » Futuristic
(4.83 from 24 reviews)
Be still, and know... When Chaim Rosenberg starts to hear things in the Spirit, he soon learns that others are hearing them too. With the help of a small group of Australian Aborigines, spiritually sensitive people from throughout Australasia are drawn together in a movement that will mark the start of a new age in human consciousness.
Armageddon For Beginners
Price: Free! Words: 55,260. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2013 . Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Studies / Prophecy, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Theology / Eschatology
(4.85 from 27 reviews)
Time Travel, the destruction of America, a coming dictator, and a detailed countdown to the end of the world. It's all here, and more. Journalist and writer, David Mckay, takes readers on a journey through some of the most startling predictions in the Bible. This should be required reading for anyone who is interested in finding out where human history is taking us.

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