Miles Allen - Self-Publishing

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Hi and welcome,

Thinking of doing it – writing a book? Maybe for yourself, or to write stories for your kids or grandkids? Or a book you’ve been meaning to start for…well…ever?

People are born with or without the creative streak. Either way it doesn’t come with the ability to throw those ideas onto a page and make them come alive – you have to be taught that, no matter how many books you’ve read in the genre. It starts before you even write a word, and ends with a satisfying finish leaving the reader smiling, heart pounding or deep in thought. And let’s not forget – not getting stuck writing in the middle! Many authors do.

Perhaps you’re thinking of an eBook, a few paperbacks for the family, or a beautifully illustrated hardback. Whatever you choose it will be one of the most satisfying things you’ll ever do.

And I can’t miss out business books!

There’s never been a better time to write one, and few business people have the first clue how to write one that generates income – and it isn’t selling them! It’s fraught with expensive mistakes without guidance. You’ll need best-practice, and how to use it to achieve a six-figure income – even without selling a single copy.

Self-Publishing

Half-a-century of book publishing in the UK has been turned on its head in the last ten years due to self-publishing. The internet, Amazon, desktop publishing and the eBook has changed everything.

Self-publishing. Walkers of Legend - book 1 beating Hunger Games to number one slot in Waterstones Ashford 2012

I was similar to many. In need of a change from a long corporate career, I took a leap of faith to become a fantasy author. I tried self-publishing and to my surprise my first book hit No1 on Amazon for Epic Fantasy,  knocking The Hunger Games from the top slot in Waterstones.

Others began asking me for help to try self-publishing, and a community of new writers soon sprang up, hungry to write good stories and get out there. This spawned NAGS (New Author Groups) which is in its fifth year; and REDBAK Publishing in its tenth year this year, providing self-publishing services to create high-quality books to match top traditional publishers.

Taking the Plunge

So if you think you’d like to take a crack at being an author and do it well, I provide a range of courses, guides and 1-2-1 mentoring, plus the full range of end-to-end high-quality self-publishing services through REDBAK Publishing.  I also give talks to a variety of groups, events and businesses.

The journey so far has been liberating and fast-moving, and there’s no sign of the industry evolution slowing.

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Here are some of the things I offer:

  • 1-2-1: Writing coach from beginner to pro level
  • 1-2-1: Creating a Compelling Business Book – and What to do with it
  • 1-Day Course: How to Self-Publish Your Book to Traditional Publisher Standards
  • 1-Day Course: How to Sell Thousands of Books
  • 1-Day Course: Create a Captivating Artist Bio
  • 10-week Programme for Beginners to Write Like Authors (10-12 people)
  • Talk: Get Yourself into Print – The Self-publishing Revolution
  • 2-Day Course: Creating and Self-publishing your AUDIO book to professional standards, using your own voice!
  • 1-2-1: 1-hr straight-talking discovery session to discuss your project and get answers (1-hr skype call, or in person if local)

For a full list click here (list is being updated for Autumn programme and the link will be reinstated soon)

“I guarantee – working with me is better by Miles.”

Good luck, and don’t forget to write!

Miles

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11 thoughts on “”

  1. I really like this “about me” page, I think it is very informative, witty and very interesting, well done you 🙂

  2. Is there going to be Book two of The Walkers of Legend series? we enjoyed
    Book one and looking forward to a sequel. Regards.

  3. Hi Miles did the 2nd book get released yet? I have been looking. Was lovely meeting you in Maidstone last year. My autographed copy is still untouched and air sealed. Hope your family and yourself are well.

    Lewis

    1. Hi Lewis, nice to hear from you! I hope you and your family are well too.

      Book two is planned for a June release, and as long as no significant plot problems arise from the check being done now, all should be well for that date.

      So I look forward, hopefully, to seeing you then 🙂

      Miles

  4. Hello Miles! I really enjoyed your first book of the walkers legend…great new stuff written very good and certainty an enjoyable read…I just noticed that the second book is due out in September of 2015…I was just wandering if it will be available in paperback on the same day or at all in the U.S.?…Looking forward to reading more. ….get bio also.

    1. Hi Michael, delighted to hear you enjoyed book one, and thanks for letting me know. Yes, book two will be available in the US in paperback through Amazon, although it takes longer to get proofed compared to local outlets. If you sign up to The Walkers of Legend newsletter it will be in there when it’s published for US.

  5. Hi Mike, I came across your name whilst perusing Canterbury Christ Church uni website where I am an MA student on the Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred course. I have ghost written one book in the past and co-authored another in the field of meditation and yoga but have been writing my own book based around engaging with art and images in a deeper way, for the last 15 years. My BA was in the History of Art and I have around 15-20,000 words so far as a foundation. I would really love to get some guidance around self publishing with you, if this is something you offer. My previous two books were via Watkins publishers and have sold well. I would really like to hear from you and discuss further. Many thanks

    1. Hi Mary. An MA in Cosmology – now that sounds like my kind of qualification 🙂

      I founded REDBAK Publishing some years back, initially to self-publish my own books, but more and more it’s taking over as a business providing self-publishing advice and services. It now occupies much of my time. I do provide a one-hour discovery session for those thinking of self-publishing, and I ask and answer questions based on what you’re trying to achieve, so you’re fully informed of your options. If that sounds like what you’re looking for then we can arrange a meetup. I’m starting a holiday tomorrow for two weeks but can arrange something after that if you like. There is a charge of £50. I used to do them for free, but I was spending all my time doing them!

      I’ll email you so we can talk further…

      Miles

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