Self-publishing route revealed at discussion

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Ian Andrew, the author of the successful Wright and Tran novels, is heading to Albany to speak about his newest book and to explain to people why he chose to publish independently.

Fall Guys is the latest instalment in the crime thriller series and Andrew has been touring the South West since its release.

He said independent publishing was something not everyone was aware of when striving to become an author, and people could learn from his experiences.

“For readers, they’ll get an insight into my novels and especially how I came up with Kara Wright and Tien Tran, the main characters in Fall Guys, which is the third in the Wright and Tran series,” he said.

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“For any would-be writers, they’ll learn about my writing journey, how I published my novels, the things I discovered along the way and about the publishing company I founded that now assists dozens of other writers in becoming independently published.”

He said his choice to publish independently was a decision he was proud of and his talks would uncover the best way for writers to pursue their careers the way he did.

“I’m no longer in my 20s, so I couldn’t afford to wait 10 years to be discovered,” he said.

“I certainly didn’t want to go the old-fashioned ‘vanity’ way of publishing, as I couldn’t imagine what I would have done with 1000 copies of my own book in my loft.

“So the new way, publishing on demand as an independent author, allowed me to professionalise my product as much as a traditional publisher.” There is an interesting background to the author, which he said was reflected in his writing — Irish- born, ex-military intelligence and his passion for motivational speaking are all defining characteristics.

“I understand that to a casual observer, the fact that I was a former military intelligence officer seems exotic and exciting, but in reality it was, like most jobs with an interesting title, not as glamorous as one might think,” he said. “However, it does feature large in all my writing and especially in the Wright and Tran series. Both women are former intelligence operators and both women reflect a myriad of actual people, traits and skills that I had the amazing good fortune to work with in the past.”

The author recently discovered a connection to Albany, which he said was also part of the reason he would pay the town a visit for the talks.

The books will be available for purchase and signing at both events.

He will be at Vancouver Arts Centre, Albany, from 5.30pm on August 10 and at Denmark Library on August 9 from 5pm.

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