08 June 2012
I haven’t blogged for a while, but that’s because I’ve been working on a show and two books. Both books are coming out this month, one of which I’ve written, and the other of which I’ve designed and laid out. More news on both of those will follow in due course.
While I was in the book writing wilderness, I did update this website with a couple of articles about writing which you might have missed. Firstly, I wrote a piece with tips on self-publishing your autobiography. A lot of people are interested in publishing a book about their lives, perhaps to pass down to future generations of their family, but also with one eye on the wider market. I wrote this article to offer some guidance to them.
Secondly, I published an article on this website which originally appeared in the February issue of Press Gazette. The publication’s gone through some upheavals over recent years, but it’s an iconic brand and the content is as strong as it’s ever been. The article was a report on how journalists are trained to work in war zones and other hostile environments. It was based on a training day I had last year courtesy of Blackdown UK, where we learned vehicle evacuation drills and took part in an exercise with a simulated hijacking situation. It was a fantastic experience, and I’m delighted with how the article came out.
As an aside, I licensed this article for payment to another publication too, which shows that there is value in retaining the rights in your work.