Gurbir Singh is the publisher of www.astrotalkuk.org and the author of Yuri Gagarin in London and Manchester published in 2011 to mark the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first journey into space.
A former college lecturer, he is now working in the information security sector.
Gurbir has a science and an arts degree and – once keen on flying – he holds a private pilot’s license for the UK, US and Australia.
He was one of the 13,000 unsuccessful applicants responding to the 1989 advert “Astronaut wanted. No experience necessary” to become the first British astronaut, for which Helen Sharman was eventually selected and flew on the Soviet space station MIR in 1991.
Born in India, Gurbir has been living in the UK since 1966 except for one year in Australia.
Find Out More:
1) Writing website: https://astrotalkuk.org/
2) Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gurbirsinghauthor
3) Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/GurbirSingh
4) LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gurbirsinghinfosec/
5) YouTube: https://vimeo.com/user3791838/videos/sort:plays
6) Access Gurbir's podcast: https://astrotalkuk.org/tag/podcast/
Interview Talking Points:
2) Jutoh editing software: http://www.jutoh.com/
3) Hemmingway editing software: http://www.hemingwayapp.com/
4) Grammarly editing software: https://www.grammarly.com
5) Ingram Spark: https://myaccount.ingramspark.com
6) 20BooksTo50k Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/781495321956934/
7) BookFunnel service: https://bookfunnel.com/
1) Self-Publishing Formula community for forthcoming GDPR guidance: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SPFsecretgroup/permalink/2117265515224006/
2) Book Barbarian promo site: http://bookbarbarian.com/
3) Freebooksy book promo site: https://www.freebooksy.com/
4) Deviant Minds competition: https://atlantic-books.co.uk/2018/02/16/corvus-m-heath-launch-deviant-minds-competition/
Julie Cordiner is a former Assistant Director of Learning & Skills and now an independent consultant with over 30 years experience specialising in school funding and education finance.
She has put her 30 years of experience into co-writing two, non-fiction text books – School Budget Mastery and Leading A School Budget Review, as well as planning several online courses on related school finance and funding topics.
Julie's author journey started in 2012 when she wrote a parish history to raise funds for her local church.
For NaNoWriMo 2013 Julie wrote her first historical fiction novel and that was followed by pantsing a women's fiction novel in NaNoWriMo 2014.
Julie has also attended 20BooksLondon and is preparing a solid base for her indie author career.
1) Non-fiction/business website: https://schoolfinancialsuccess.com
2) Consultancy website: http://juliecordiner.com/
3) Author website (WIP!): http://juliecordinerauthor.com/
4) Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SchoolFinancialSuccess/
5) School Financial Success Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/juliecordiner
6) Writing Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/Julie_Cordiner
7) Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Julie-Cordiner/e/B012B0XMF6/
Interview Talking Points:
1) Momentum planners: https://www.productiveflourishing.com/momentum-planners/
2) York Festival of Writers: https://jerichowriters.com/bazaar/festival-of-writing-2018/
3) Udemy courses: https://www.udemy.com/
4) Teachable courses: https://teachable.com/
5) All about InMails: https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/1584/inmail-overview?lang=en
6) Self-editing course: https://jerichowriters.com/bazaar/self-editing-novel-online-course/
7) Julie's favourite podcasts:
The Creative Penn: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/
The Worried Writer: http://www.worriedwriter.com/
Self-Publishing Formula: https://selfpublishingformula.com/
1) Blockchain for books via ALLi: http://selfpublishingadviceconference.com/blockchain-for-books/
2) Stuart Bache website: http://stuartbache.co.uk/
3) Book Barbarian promo site: http://bookbarbarian.com/
4) FreeBooksy promo site: https://www.freebooksy.com/
5) Richard & Judy competition: http://www.richardandjudy.co.uk/richard-and-judy/news/Richard-and-Judys-Search-For-A-Bestseller-2018/711
Meg Cowley is the USA Today best-selling author of the Books of Caledan, the Relic Guardians and the Morgana Chronicles.
This is the third time I've interviewed Meg for the podcast, and if you ever wanted to see a roller coaster author journey, this is it.
When we first spoke, Meg was riding high on the crest of the adult colouring book wave.
The second time we chatted, that market had collapsed and Meg was pivoting her business so that she could survive with the reduced income.
In this interview, I'm delighted to report that Meg just had her best sales month ever.
However, as I was soon to find out, it hasn't all been plain sailing.
Note: Due to reporting errors and a drop in the KENP rate for March, Meg's predicted income is more accurately reported as ‘over $15k in one month' rather than ‘$20k in one month'.
Find Out More:
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Meg-Cowley/e/B00M6BQ0PA/
Interview Talking Points:
2) BookBub for authors: https://www.bookbub.com/partners
3) Amazon Ads: https://advertising.amazon.com/kindle-select-ads
4) 20BooksTo50k: https://www.facebook.com/groups/781495321956934/
5) Martha Carr: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/episode-108-martha-carr/
1) Stuart Bache book covers website: http://stuartbache.co.uk/
2) New Writing North: http://newwritingnorth.com/
3) Miles Hudson, future guest: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Miles-Hudson/e/B005FKP8UM
4) Book Adrenaline: https://bookadrenaline.com/
5) Dead of Night hit 3 x USA charts as a result of the promo:
6) Freebooksy: https://www.freebooksy.com/
Graham Smith is the best selling author of the DI Harry Evans series and the Jake Boulder novels.
He publishes his Harry Evans series with Caffeine Nights and the Jake Boulder series with Bloodhound Books.
He's had an amazing year in 2018 and pumping out books left, right and centre at the same time as managing a very busy wedding venue on the Scotland/England border.
Graham is the founder and organiser o the annual Crime and Publishment event which takes place near Gretna every March.
I caught up with Graham on the eve of this year's event, sitting in the bar of the hotel.
Just a warning that you'll hear the f-word in this interview, in the context of a quotation – and there were a couple of blips with the audio quality from my portable recorder, which I'll try to get to the bottom of before I use it next time – however, they only pop up every now and then and don't detract from the interview.
Find Out More:
Graham's website: https://www.grahamsmithauthor.com/
Follow Graham on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grahamnsmithauthor
Follow Graham on Twitter: https://twitter.com/grahamsmith1972
Graham's Blogspot site: http://grahamsmithwriter.blogspot.co.uk/?zx=2406007d4e2370d6
Graham's Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Graham-Smith/e/B006FTIBBU
Graham's Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/66851.Graham_Smith
1) Graham on Bloodhound books: http://www.bloodhoundbooks.com/graham-smith/
2) Graham Smith on Caffeine Nights: http://www.caffeinenights.com/graham-smith
3) Crime and Publishment event: http://www.crimeandpublishment.co.uk/
4) CrimeSquad: http://crimesquad.com/
1) Book Adrenalin: https://bookadrenaline.com/
2) Book Barbarian: http://bookbarbarian.com/
3) Freebooksy: https://www.freebooksy.com/
5) My planning board for Quarter 2/2018:
Episode 110, release date Wednesday 4th April, 2018
This podcast is now 2 years old.
24 months ago I launched this show with episode 1 interviewing local author Ruth Sutton and - I'm not quite sure how - but I'm still going strong.
This podcast has been a revelation to me ... I've connected with so many wonderful authors over the past 24 months and it's been an absolute joy, I've never done anything online which has worked so well.
So a big thankyou to you if you've supported this podcast by downloading it every week, if you've ever been a guest, if you support the production of the show on Patreon and if you've left me a review of shared an episode on social media.
In this 2 year anniversary episode I've asked five former guests to turn the tables on me and ask me questions about my author career ... so get ready to hear Alison Ingleby, Jon Cronshaw, Meg Cowley, Sarah Hardy and Rachel Amphlett asking ME the questions ...
Rachel Amphlett: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/episode-104-rachel-amphlett/
Alison Ingleby: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/episode-103-alison-ingleby/
Jon Cronshaw is a self-published sci-fi and dystopian author.
It's the third time on the podcast for Jon - we met at Carlisle's Borderlines Book Festival in 2016 and at that time, Jon was about to self-publish his first book.
When I first spoke to Jon in January 2017, he'd just got the first book written.
He's now got ten books listed on Amazon in various configurations, including short stories, box-sets and audio books.
He's also started to collaborate with other authors now and is building up his appearances at live events.
Find Out More:
Jon's blog: https://joncronshaw.com/
Follow Jon on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JLCronshaw
Jon's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/joncronshawauthor/
Jon's Short Science Fiction Review podcast: https://twitter.com/ShortSFReview
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/248839295552288/
Janet Murray: https://www.janetmurray.co.uk/
Book Barbarian: http://bookbarbarian.com/
Jon's author diary podcast: https://joncronshaw.com/category/author-diary/
InstaFreebie: https://www.paulteague.com/IF [My affiliate link]
20BooksTo50k Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/781495321956934/ [Highly recommended!]
Ray Bradbury Challenge: https://raybradburychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/
Morecambe Steampunk Festival: http://asplendiddayout.com/