Bruce Smith

Biography

Bruce Smith is a full-time author and awarding winning journalist. With over 100 books published he has been writing about home computers and sport for over 30 years.

With the arrival of the BBC Micro his first magazine work was published and he started to write for a variety of computer publications including Computing Today and Acorn User. A number of book contracts encouraged him to pursue this career professionally. His publishers include BBC, Virgin Books, Rough Guides, Collins and Headline and many of his books have been translated into other languages including Japanese, Italian, Dutch and French.

In the late 1980’s he teamed up with best friend David Atherton to form Dabs Press which ultimately became dabs.com the number one on-line retailer of electronic goods. (The name Dabs coming from the initials of the two partners.) After Dabs stopped publishing books to concentrate on retailing, Bruce formed Bruce Smith Books which became the number one publishing house for Commodore Amiga titles.

A number of business publishing ventures included the first football business magazine - Football Decision, Non League Football Monthly, and Stadium & Arena Management magazine (SAM). The latter soon became the most popular pan-global magazine for decision makers in the industry. Using knowledge gained from close contacts in the industry Bruce traveled the world promoting the publication and undertaking a variety of consultancy roles. He designed the waste infrastructure at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and also provided consultancy services to The FA during the design and re-building of Wembley Stadium.

Bruce has also undertaken a number of broadcasting roles. He partnered Carole Vorderman for BBC TV’s successful The Software Show. In 1998 he joined Channel 4’s Big Breakfast team initially for the World Cup but then for subsequent semi regular roles. He also appeared as football pundit on a number of BBC Radio Stations and on TV for BBC World Service News and Sports programmes. He spent several years freelancing as a regular match commentator and summariser for BBC Three Counties Radio.

Bruce Smith was born in Bethnal Green, East London and is currently living in Sydney where he continues to write. He is married and has four children.

Bruce can be contacted via his website at www.brucesmith.info

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
In the late 1970s I was an ‘aspiring author’ and living in Islington in North London. My hobby at the time was tropical fish and I had some specialist interests. I submitted a couple of articles to the “Aquarist and Pondkeeper Monthly” and they were accepted and published. My interest in fish keeping was superseded by hobbyist computing when I purchased an Acorn Atom in 1980. I knew nothing about programming computers at the time but quickly learnt. I started to discover things and began writing for Computing Today magazine. With sales of home computers booming there was a thirst from publishers for books and I was approached by various publishers to submit books ideas. Very soon I found I was earning enough from writing to take it on full-time which I did for the next 20 years!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always been an Indie author -- in fact I was an Indie author long before print-on-demand and eBooks became fashionable. I would guess I was one of the very first writers to self-publish. In the mid 1980’s I won the ‘Desktop Publishing Journalist of the Year Award’ and was becoming rather fed-up that my book proposals were often rejected. My best friend and I decided to take things into our own hands and so Dabs Press was formed (Dabs - David Atherton, Bruce Smith) and we started writing and publishing our own books under the series names Dabhand Guides. Some years later as dabs started to concentrate more on online electrical retail I formed Bruce Smith Books (BSB) and have been publishing my own books ever since.
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Where to find Bruce Smith online


Books

Raspberry Pi Insider Guide
Price: Free! Words: 118,650. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Computers & Internet » Computer literacy, Nonfiction » Computers & Internet » Operating systems
The world of computing moves fast and since the Raspberry Pi was launched in 2012, a lot has changed. Raspberry Pi Insider Guide is the most complete up-to-date guide available. This comprehensive volume covers the Raspberry Pi and its software as it is today. Everything you need to make you an expert using the Raspberry Pi Model B and B+. A massive 400 pages packed with vital information.

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