Saturday, 24 April 2010

Kennington Book Fair and MG Harris

Kennington book fair was an absolute success, a big thanks to Dominique at Kennington Library for setting this up.
It was great to listen to some fascinating talks from some great writers.
Michael Smith talked about the unsung war hero Frank Foley dubbed by some as the British Schindler.
The talented local writers from the Oxford Writers Group talked on the theme of Oxford as a Character in books - I can understand what they mean. Oxford is a city so steeped in history that it just begs to be written about. I was reminded of Jonathan Green's 'Christmas Past'. I worked the eBook of this last December and found the references to places in Oxford heart-warming and familiar.

Bill Heine from Radio Oxford, a writer himself spoke of the darker side of our fair city, and introduced us to his new
book. Heinstein of the Airwaves. I didn't actually know that he's the guy that lives in the famous house with the shark sticking out of the roof.

MG Harris gave an enthralling talk about some of the background to her Joshua Files series and we were all treated to a reading from the next, yet to be released book in the Joshua Files series.

Bill joined in the lively Q&A afterwards but it seems that the election fever brought out his intense journalistic nature and poor old MG got something of a Paxman style grilling over the nature of some of her characters.
Of course, the focus of MG's visit was to promote her Joshua File series - I'm a little over halfway through 'Zero Moment' right now and it's a cracking good read. I really think that the people who are calling her the next JK Rowling aren't exaggerating at all. I admire her drive and commitment to what she does - Pinky says that I looked like a little boy queueing up to meet his idol when I was waiting to get my copy of 'Ice Shock' signed. I guess a little hero worship can't hurt once in a while ;)

After the talk and the signings we had some fun talking about eBooks and looking at a selection of eReaders that I'd brought along. Here's the pair of us geeking out with an iPhone and a Kindle. I think she was particularly impressed with the treatment that I'd done to 'Engines of the Apocalypse' - I have to admit that that's one of my favourites at the moment.

All in all, a fun day and glittering showcase for writers in Oxford from the budding horror writer to the literary superstar!

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

London Book Fair

What a fantastic day at the London Book Fair!

Spoke with loads of lovely people, made lots of great contacts.
Despite there being a scattering of empty stalls due to the volcano, there was certainly a brilliant buzz about the place.

One of the best parts for me was seeing the look on people's faces when I showed them some of the beautiful looking eBooks we'd made. That definately brought it home to me that it's worth spending just a little bit more effort to make an eBook that looks good - it sets the title apart from the sweat-shop conversions that I also saw.

Well, I've got a load of work to do now writing back to all the people I spoke with. If you're one of those people reading this - hi, I'll definately get back to you! :)

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

See you at the London Book Fair!

I'm all registered for the London Book Fair!

Drop me a line at andy[at] if you'd like to meet up and chat about making some eBooks for you.

It'll be great to be back at Earls Court - brings back memories of the good old days of the ECTS and PC Show ;)

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

My BRAIN hurts! But it's a good kind of hurt. After a couple of evenings bashing my face against some nasty PERL script, I think I might have the beginnings of a new tool that's going to make our eBook conversion pipeline significantly more streamlined.

Time to crack open a celebratory beer.

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Getting ready for the Kennington Literary Festival

I'm looking forward to the Kennington Literary festival on April-24.
It'll be a great opportunity to meet some local authors and show what we do. We've got some brand new Oxford-eBooks business cards, they arrived today and look absolutely lovely. Spent a couple of quid extra to get fancy rounded corners on two sides - gives it a funky looking shape.

I'll be there to answer any questions about making eBooks and can show off some of the work we've done. As it'll be a busy day, it might be good to drop me a line if you want a chat so we can book a time for a meeting - there's a pub opposite where people are planning to slip away to for 'meetings'... ;)

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Monday, 5 April 2010

1 TERABYTE of eBooks!

That's what I can get on our new lovely shiny spanking server!
I think it'll take a little while to fill that up, but we're sure gonna try.

Worked right out of the box too, no fuss, no fighting or loss of blood - dontcha just LOVE it when that happens?