working wordsmith + happy husband + doting dad + amateur author + fledgling farceur + pretend prestidigitator + jolly hockeyologist
working wordsmith + happy husband + doting dad + amateur author + fledgling farceur + pretend prestidigitator + jolly hockeyologist

Books

My books are available to buy as paperbacks or in digital format, from the website of the publishers, Lulu.com - click the Lulu button above. They are also widely available from many other sources including Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Nook, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore and more.

This is the main reason this website exists; to promote my own personal writing endeavours.

 

I always said I would never go down the 'vanity publishing' route; for one thing, I did not have the vast sums of money required and for another, it always seemed like a bit of a cheat. The dream, of course, was to be paid for my writing, and to earn a living from doing it.

 

As I got older, (but not necessarily wiser), and having gained a few rejection slips from publishers and agents, I almost gave up on it all.

 

The advent of the digital age meant that there were different ways to publish, particular through the e-book method. But for me, of course, the dream was always to hold in my hand a paperback "wot I had wrote".

 

And then, through Twitter, another author told me about Lulu, a company which allowed people to self-publish, but through which the minimum outlay, if I did my own covers and own proof-reading, was the price (at a reduced rate for authors) of one proof copy. That was it.

 

And so, finally, in 2014, I achieved my dream, and held in my hand a paperback book I had written. The joy of working through Lulu is that my work gets out there very widely; and while I haven't sold enough to trouble the best-seller charts, I have achieved sales - remarkably - all over the world, including the UK, USA, Australia, South Africa, Canada and others. It's quite sobering to think that, somewhere in Australia, someone has a paperback copy of one of my books!

 

Lulu tells me the minimum amount I can charge for my books, once they cover their overheads etc, and I add very little on, so I make a very, very, small amount for the sale of each book. But for me, it was more important to get my work out there than to make a fortune (to start with, anyway. Should the fortune come my way I will, of course, welcome it with open arms!).

 

And the response has been amazing. OK, I am not likely to be troubling the bestseller charts any time soon. But I can truly say that I've sold books all over the world, and that is an achievement I am very proud of.

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