Self-publishing is a novel idea

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
Ian Andrew of Book Reality can help you publish your hobby book.
Camera IconIan Andrew of Book Reality can help you publish your hobby book. Credit: Supplied

Barefoot Books Busselton will host a book self-publishing event on Sunday at 2pm in conjunction with independent publishing company Book Reality.

Book Reality director Ian Andrew said the event was about educating budding authors that it is possible to publish independently through his team of editors and illustrators who are based in Australia, the UK and the US.

“The first book I published was a science fiction alternative history novel with a religious twist, so it wasn’t your average book, if you have the passion to finish, we can help you publish,” he said.

“I have now published over 20 books including my own series of crime fiction novels.” The first book of Ian’s Wright & Tran series titled Face Value was Barefoot Books’ bestselling adult fiction in 2014.

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He started Book Reality in 2015 to provide publishing assistance services that could be a “holding hand” or of a “do everything” nature. With the help of new technology, any publication is available internationally via online stores or by stores who order novels online.

One author who used Book Reality to publish a biography of her father is Suzi Faed who will speak at Sunday’s event.

“I was really inspired by how my father dealt with both schizophrenia and terminal cancer and I thought his story needed to be told,” she said.

Life coach Pam Lynch published a novel called How The Hell Did I Get Here? It’s about surviving the Kathmandu earthquake in 2015 after her second hike to the Mt Everest base camp.

“I used to be shy and insecure but that experience really changed my outlook on life due to devastation which led me to writing a book and publishing it through Book Reality,” she said.

She encouraged others who wanted to write a book to take control of the publishing process.

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