About Derek Haines and Just Publishing Advice
Welcome. My name is Derek Haines, and I have a passion for words in print.
Last century, before the terms blogging and self-publishing and the advent of ebooks and print-on-demand paperbacks, and well before Amazon was even born, I was printing, hand binding, and selling my novels and books of mediocre poetry.
I started my professional working life as a lithographer and spent more than thirty years in the printing and publishing industry.
But when a new century dawned, my passion for writing led me to study and pass the necessary Cambridge University qualifications to teach English.
After teaching full-time for twenty years, my time now is spent writing, blogging, and taming technology. Over the years, I have self-published eighteen books, and hopefully, there are more in the wind.
My long-held interest in writing and publishing as a means of freedom of expression rather than an avenue to fame and instant riches also led me to blogging and online publishing.
It is a form of grassroots publishing I have enjoyed immensely over the years, and it is pleasing that it is available to everyone today.
How Just Publishing Advice began
I started Just Publishing as an addition to my personal blog in 2010.
By 2015, visitor numbers were a few too many for my old site to handle, so I had to move to a new domain and an upgraded server to manage the increase in traffic.
With the transfer, there was a slight change of name to Just Publishing Advice. It’s a much better description because it is what this site is all about.
The aim of my site is simple.
I want to call on my experience to help create a growing resource site for new and even not-so-new writers, authors, bloggers, content writers, book cover designers, or anyone interested in writing, blogging, and publishing.
You can also visit my personal website.