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Episode 26: Peter O’Connor

Peter O’Connor is the book cover designer who created all three covers for my Secret Bunker Trilogy. Peter runs his business via the website bespokebookcovers.com alongside his wife, Caroline. If you go to look at the website I don’t think that I’ve ever seen such a compelling collection of audio testimonials praising Peter’s work and support…

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Episode 25: Ashley Lister

Ashley Lister is a prolific writer of erotic fiction, having written more than two dozen full length erotic novels and over a hundred short stories. Aside from regularly blogging about writing erotica, Ashley also teaches creative writing. He has hosted a creative writing workshop at Eroticon, the annual conference for sex bloggers and erotica writers…

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Episode 24: Molly Looby

Molly Looby is the author of ZA and many other unpublished works that haven’t yet seen the light of day. She self-published the Immorality of Immortality trilogy between 2011-2015 and that series is made up of Playing with Reality, Gambling a Fairytale, and Chancing the Truth. Molly lives in Essex in the UK and spends almost all…

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Episode 23: Michael Robertson

Michael Robertson is a writer from the UK with several publications to his name, both online and in print. He writes dystopian, sci-fi, and apocalyptic fiction, though predominantly science fiction with a darker edge to it. Michael has written stories of all kinds since his late teens and finally started publishing in 2013 after having…

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Episode 22: Janet Murray

Janet Murray knows a thing or two about what makes a great media story – and what doesn’t! She has 15 years’ experience writing and editing for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian, Telegraph, Independent, Times, Sun and Daily Mail. Janet now teaches people how to create incredible PR opportunities – with minimal time…

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Episode 21: David J Robertson

It takes many writers years and years to finally set pen to paper. Author David Robertson has possibly had a more rocky ride than most. David is a former engineer who got his first book published after three shattering life events. This is in spite of being told 10 years ago that he should get…

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Episode 20: Leila Dewji

Having worked as a journalist, in a large international publishing company and at a prestigious literary agency, Leila Dewji has accrued a lot of experience in the publishing industry. However, she is now bringing all of that knowledge to the world of self-publishing, having set up the both Acorn Independent Press and I_AM Self-Publishing with her…

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Episode 19: Richard Madeley

Most people know Richard Madeley for his work with his wife, Judy Finnigan on TV and as part of The Richard & Judy Book Club. He is also the best-selling author of four books. He began his writing career with Fathers and Sons, then followed that up with Some Day I’ll Find You and The…

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Episode 18: Mike Bodnar

Mike Bodnar is a former continuity announcer, regional newsreader and TV & radio presenter. He joined Radio New Zealand as an announcer in 1978, then moved into television in the early 80s. His early explorations of publishing were a companion guide to the New Zealand Road Code for new drivers and a co-authored guide to personal security.…

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Episode 17: Tim Lewis

Tim Lewis (writing as Timothy Michael Lewis) is a self-published author from London in the UK. He spent 18 years working as a computer programmer and IT manager in the world of financial IT. After the death of his wife, following a long illness, Tim reassessed his life goals and decided that he wanted to write…

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Episode 16: Philippa Donovan

Philippa Donovan is an editor who established her business – Smart Quill – in 2011. Since then she has worked with around 300 authors and recommends to a stable of 50 literary agents based in the UK, Australia, and the US. In 2014 she was named Publishing Rising Star and is Editorial Consultant for the…

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Episode 15: KS Turner

Kate-Sarah Turner, is a UK based author who writes as KS Turner. Her debut novel, Before the Gods, was the first from the epic fantasy trilogy, The Chronicles of Fate and Choice. Book Two – Tumultus – is also available with the final story – Time – currently in progress. Kate originally trained as a…

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Episode 14: Andrew Lowe

Andrew Lowe is an author and book editor from the North of England. His writing has been published in several magazines and newspapers, including The Guardian, The Sunday Times and Mens Health. He’s also worked in creative and digital roles with GQ, Vogue, Wired and Total Film. He writes psychological thrillers novels and short stories.…

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Episode 13: Helen Fazal

Helen Fazal is a qualified proofreader and copy-editor. She is a Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. Helen has now copy-edited and proofread all six of my fiction books. I invited her onto the podcast to share her best tips and advice about this essential self-publishing process. It’s important that all self-published authors…

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Episode 12: Matt Hilton

Matt Hilton quit his career as a police officer to pursue his love of writing – he’s been creating stories since childhood, He is the author of the Joe Hunter thriller series, which includes his most recent novel ‘The Devil’s Anvil’ – number 10 in the Joe Hunter series. His stories have been translated into German,…

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Episode 11: Richard McMunn

Richard McMunn is a UK self-publishing superstar! He is a former firefighter who discovered a successful writing formula and has built an entire business around his publishing success. He’s also the creator of a fabulous, free resource called ‘About The Author’ which is a really handy tool for all newly self-published writers. Richard McMunn on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RichardMcMunn Richard…

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Episode 10: Katja L Kaine

Katja L Kaine is the creator of Novel Factory, a software created by writers for writers. It takes care of managing characters, locations, drafts and even submissions, so writers can get on with the fun stuff. She also writes novels and short stories and runs a writing group. Katja shares her thoughts and tips on writing…

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Episode 9: Abiola Bello

Children’s author Abiola Bello, wrote her debut novel ‘Emily Knight I AM’ at the age of 12! The book was independently published via Trafford Publishing and is the first book in a planned series, with book 2 in the pipeline. Abiola is one of the few authors to self publish a book and then sign to…

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Episode 8: Linzi Drew-Honey

Linzi Drew-Honey is a former glamour model and editor of Penthouse magazine. She has also appeared on Page Three of The Sun. Linzi has just self-published her first book – Every Shade of Blue – which is her debut, erotic fiction novel. The novel  has been published through Matador, the self-publishing imprint of The Troubador Publishing Group.…

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Episode 7: Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor is the Group Marketing Manager at Troubador Publishing. That means Sarah works with Matador, which is the company’s self-publishing imprint and The Book Guild, which is their mainstream and partnership publishing company. Sarah is a great person to speak to on the podcast because she’s very involved with the company’s Self-Publishing Conference (this…

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