First Kindle Release

Today I launched my first Kindle Ebook. It seems odd to be a publishing a book version that will never touch paper; but given the ever increasing presence of our virtual world, I decided to take the leap. Not that I’d ever personally condone completely replacing the good old fashioned  paperback of course; it’s just a case of catering for everyone’s personal choices.

As I navigated my previously unchartered waters of digital book publishing, it struck me that joining the ebook revolution means content creation very quickly becomes more than the What, Where, How, Why and When and now needs to consider the design, layout and importability of content too. How will the content look on the page? Will it be accessed on an ereader? A tablet? A phone? And will the formatting change for each device? Hmm. Definitely lots to consider. Then there’s font style and size, which seemingly are now left to a readers’ customisable choosing.  A small part of me can’t help but feel that somehow an author’s message might get a little lost in translation somewhere along the way. That said, on balance letting readers choose what works for them has got to be a good thing, making texts as accessible as possible to all. The idea of reading is, after all, about losing yourself in a text, allowing your mind to emphathise with the author and reflect upon what you read. No two people will ever take quite the same from a book and so it seems fitting in some way that an ebook, with it’s customisable experience allows the same accessibility choices too.

If you’d like to read In Our Shoes, the ebook version, please visit the link below


Book Launch

Over the last year or so, I’ve found myself writing about an eclectic range of topics, including local events, documenting history in the making with COVID 19 and bespoke, requested poetry to name but a few. It’s been a busy but very rewarding year and I wouldn’t have it any other way! But I’ve also thankfully found some time in between to work on a very personal project too; a poetry book documenting my own family’s struggles as my daughter tragically battled with leukaemia.

I couldn’t be prouder to launch In Our Shoes, which not only details Jess’ story but also our heartbreaking process of dealing with bereavement.

It’s available to buy on Amazon, with all profits being donated to Children’s Cancer Charities. I can’t promise it won’t bring a tear to your eye, but if you can spare a bit of cash and would like to have a read, you’d be helping a good cause. Click here to see more.