It would be fair to say I haven’t followed a traditional path in becoming a full-time author. For starters, I’m from a distinctly working-class background and never attended university. I left school at sixteen with a smattering of GCSEs and to this day, I’ve never attended a creative writing class.
I self-published my first novel in 2016 and at the time of writing (July 2020), I’m about to release my tenth. Over that period I’ve sold over 200,000 books and my income this year is likely to be four times the UK national average – the average income for an author in the UK is £10,500 according to The Society of Authors. I say that not to boast but to demonstrate how authors like me are bypassing the gatekeepers of traditional publishing to forge a successful career (in the process, turning down offers from said gatekeepers). If you’re still awake, you can read more about my backstory, here.
If you’re looking to interview an author who isn’t simply trying to plug their latest book and has a different take on the publishing industry, I’d be more than happy to share my views and advice.
If you’d like to conduct an interview with me for distribution in any of the following media, get in touch…
- Blogs, websites, or social media groups.
- Online or terrestrial radio.
- Newspapers or magazines (digital or print).
I make no charge and interviews can be conducted at your premises (depending on location – just ask), by phone/Skype, or via email.
Subjects I’m able to provide insight on include…
- The opportunities and challenges of being of independent (indie) author.
- Self-publishing including book marketing and promotion.
- British culture and lifestyle in the ’70s and ’80s.
To arrange an interview, get in touch here.