WELCOME to Self-publishing

Miles Allen self publishing coach

Miles Allen self-publishing coach

Hi and welcome,

Whether you’re doing it (or thinking of doing it!) as a hobby for yourself, or to write stories for your kids or grandkids. Or that book you’ve been meaning to start for…well…ever. You’ll want help to write goodstories, and there’s never been a better time to use self-publishing. Perhaps an eBook, a few paperbacks for the family, or a beautifully illustrated hardback.

And we can’t forget business books. There’s never been a better time to write one. This site will explain best-practice, and why to do one (and it’s not why you think) – and how to use it to achieve a six-figure income without selling a single copy.

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

Now anyone can be an author for as little as zero pounds.

My story is similar to many. In need of a change from a long career in Software Systems Design in corporate aviation, in 2008 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, and knocked The Hunger Games from the top slot in Waterstones.

I began helping others wanting to try self-publishing, and a community of new writers soon sprang up, hungry to write stories better and get self-published. This spawned NAGS (New Author Groups) which I run bi-weekly and now in its fifth year; and REDBAK Publishing since 2011, providing self-publishing services to create high-quality books to match the top traditional publishers.

I now run REDBAK for self-publishing authors, and NAGS for both community meetups and to provide a range of structured courses for new authors across the Southeast on creative writing, self-publishing and book marketing (including Canterbury Christchurch University and North Kent College). 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.

It’s never been a better time to use self-publishing


Some of the courses and one-to-one coaching I offer:

  • Create a Compelling Business Book – and Know What to do with it
  • How to Sell Thousands of Books
  • Create a Captivating Artist Bio
  • 10-week Course for Beginners to Write Like Authors!
  • Get Yourself into Print – The Self-publishing Revolution
  • Self-publishing your AUDIO book to professional standards.
  • 2-hr discovery session to discuss your project and get answers (£95)

And pardon my catchphrase:

“I guarantee – working with me – the outcome will be better by Miles.”

I hope you find what you’re looking for, and if not, let me know in the comments section at the bottom of this page and I promise to provide a reply as soon as I can.

Good luck, and don’t forget to write!



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11 thoughts on “WELCOME to Self-publishing

  1. C Woodward on February 5, 2013 at 6:46 pm said:

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

  2. C Woodward on February 5, 2013 at 6:46 pm said:

    oh, and very professional pictures too :))

  3. Pat Tuppenney on January 15, 2014 at 11:26 pm said:

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

  4. Hi Pat,

    Delighted you enjoyed The Walkers of Legend.

    Yes book two underway which should be in publication later this year. In fact The Walkers of Legend is a series to unfold over a double trilogy.

    You can get an automatic notification, details here http://www.thewalkersoflegend.co.uk/

    Kindest Regards


  5. lewis on March 29, 2015 at 2:17 am said:

    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.


    • 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 🙂


    • Hi Lewis, just a quick update that The Walkers of Legend book 2 (Legends Awakening) has a release date of 25 September. If you want an email to let you know of book signings, there is a newsletter now available. You can sign up through http://www.thewalkersoflegend.co.uk. Hope to see you at one.

      All the best


  6. michael on August 15, 2015 at 7:15 pm said:

    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.

    • 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.

  7. Mary Attwood on August 11, 2017 at 10:31 am said:

    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

    • 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…


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