Colin is not only an author but also works with book formatting. He saved me the other day when I couldn’t get my head around stopping my numbers starting on the wrong page in my latest book. If you need help with this sort of problem, he’s the man!
Tell us a little about yourself, where you live, family, pets etc.
I live in a small town close to the south coast in the UK in the county of Dorset. I used to live in Birmingham, but moved down for a change in scenery a couple of years ago. I live alone but have family spread across England. In addition to being a writer, I am a poet, playwright and a musician.
How did you get into formatting, running your own business and writing?
I’ve been writing in many forms for over 20 years. I was a drama and theatre specialist and teacher for over fifteen years before leaving that to focus more on writing my first novel. I still use these skills in helping authors to develop their work in the early stages of writing. In 2017 I finished my debut novel and that was a very steep learning curve. That’s where I really began my journey into book design and formatting. Now I do all my own design, formatting and self-publishing, as well as supporting my clients in helping them to publish their own books. I got into this kind of work because I am a driven independent learner. I got tired of having to wait months and months for someone else to agree to publish my work. Of course, I have my writing professionally edited as I want it to be its best, but I am a huge supporter of Independent Artists of all forms and genre.
When it comes to formatting and self-publishing services, I use both Microsoft Word and professional Adobe software. A lot of simple interior book formatting can be completed in Word, which I still like to use as I can show other writers new skills. My services are always bespoke, and if possible I prefer to solve a small problem or doing a quick job whilst teaching someone a new skill they can use themselves in the future.
Books and website?
My main website is https://inasmanywords.com/ and I use the @inasmanywords brand across all social media. My website has links to all my books, blogs and services.
One of my most popular blog posts over the past couple of years has been one I wrote for a talk I did on developing ideas into writing: https://medium.com/in-as-many-words/a-writers-guide-to-picking-plucking-and-plunging-b81e9c23bc03
Coffee or tea?
Neither. I love the smell of freshly ground coffee, but I don’t like hot drinks. Gimme an ice cold lemonade or a liquid libation any time.
Chocolate or crisps?
Chocolate, of course.