Colin Dunbar


Colin Dunbar has worked in the technical writing field for more than 39 years, and he's an indie author with 6 self-published books to his name, and more to come. After following the regular career path, Colin started his own corporation and ran it for five years - then he decided to sell it.

In 1990/91 he wrote the draft of his first book, Profile of the Technical Writing Profession which he tried publishing through the traditional route. According to the literary agent, there was no demand for this type of book in South Africa. He scrapped the idea to publish it.

Then in 2004, he self-published his book, Invest In Yourself, and in the same year he started a part-time online business, and self-published his book, Get What You Want (ebook sold from his website).

As his experience on the web grew, in 2007 he accepted a virtual contractor position with a Canadian-based company.

For the years 2007 to 2014, Colin offered an e-cover design service. And, also, from 2009 to 2014, he offered a book design service.

In 2011 he launched a self-publishing service website, but in 2014, due to time constraints he closed it to focus all his attention on his own writing.

He started the blogged book, Format Book In Word in 2013, and self-published the book in 2016 (2nd edition published in 2019). This is the first in a series of four books.

"I'm based in South Africa, and married to a wonderful supportive woman (and my biggest critic)." Colin says.

Leave a legacy, write your book.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
To be honest, I can say indie authorship chose me. It was almost a natural progression as I've been in technical writing for 35+ years. In my career, although in a corporate environment, I've been self-publishing for over 3 decades. Agreeably, I did not have the need to sell the manuals, guides, and reports to the public, but the process was very similar.

It was a natural fit for me to follow the indie author path, especially since I have a passion for non-fiction. I had given the traditional publishing a shot once, with no luck.

I also enjoy the freedom and control of self-publishing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That stems from something that started when I was a kid of about 11. My folks gave me the encyclopedia Britannica, and I spent hours creating documents from a variety of subjects.

It's from there that my curiosity developed, and my love of learning new things.

It's going on a road of discovery - researching, and then sharing what I learned - that is my greatest joy of writing. And the actual design and formatting of my books I enjoy tremendously.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Colin Dunbar online

Where to buy in print


Overcoming Self-Doubt and Finding a Positive Outlook on Life
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,520. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success
Reading this, soak it in, and implement the suggestions. Once you do, within just a short period of time you’ll start feeling better about yourself, feel more confident, successful and know that your future is bright.
Goal Setting 101: The Value of a Goal Setting System
Price: $7.95 USD. Words: 19,370. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success
Goal Setting 101 offers simple yet powerful techniques and methods to set and reach your goals. There is no theoretical or philosophical nonsense. It's all practical and do-able. If you want success with your goal setting, this is the ebook for you. Grab your copy now.
How to Format Your Book in Word
Price: $14.95 USD. Words: 32,070. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing, Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
Colin Dunbar has given self-publishing authors the definitive guide to preparing their Word manuscript for publication. I'm recommending this book to any author who says 'How do I . . .?' for any aspect of file preparation and uploading. This book is a gem." - Sandra Beckwith,
Never Give Up!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,680. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
Do you find it hard to keep your momentum going? As an aspiring indie author, with a 9-to-5 job, family, kids, it's not easy to keep your momentum going. It's not easy to keep your muse running on full throttle all the time, amidst all life's demands. Now you have key available to help you stay motivated...
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,180. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
A collection of short stories and poems on the seasons of life.

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