The Short Story And Nitty-Gritty About 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 e-books 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 then spent more than thirty years in the printing and publishing business.
But now, into a new century, my time is taken up by being a Cambridge CELTA English teacher, author, writer and blog owner. I have self-published eighteen books and maintain five blogs.
My long-held interest in writing and publishing, as a means of freedom of expression rather than as an avenue to fame and instant riches, led me into blogging. They were called weblogs when I started so that dates my experience. But I love it because it is real publishing at a grassroots level.
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 handle the increase in traffic.
With the transfer, there was a slight change of name to Just Publishing Advice, which is 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 for anyone else with an interest in writing, blogging and publishing.
If my days are not full enough, I also have time to manage Whizbuzz Books, a book promotion site that has been a popular service for many Indie authors and small press publishers for ten years.