Danny Kemp.

Yesterday I attended what was termed, A Self-Publishing Summit. Those there, included the Directors of two Publishing Companies, both offering publishing packages and both of whom have left good positions in Traditional Publishers. A best-selling author who walked out of her deal with Harper Collins, because she wanted more control of her work. Two other professional people, with academic qualifications longer than the room I’m sitting in, who had offers from traditional houses but chose to ignore. There was a publicist, a printer, a literary agent, a couple of editors and a cover designer. The whole of the industry around books is changing, and changing quickly. However, three points that stood out yesterday. One: the average spend by traditional publishers on publicity for a new author is…Three hundred and fifty pounds. Two: The average sales of a self-published writer is…One hundred and seventeen books in a year. Three: There are idiots out there. One author, on enquiring about a publishing package, seriously expected to sell a million copies without doing anything himself.
Everyone is in this business to earn money. No-one will help you unless you help yourself.
Check very careful which route, if either, you want to go down. Do all your due diligence in great detail. Check your rights to your work, your share of the profit on your work and most of all the integrity and honesty of who you deal with.

About Daniel Kemp

Daniel Kemp’s introduction to the world of espionage and mystery happened at an early age when his father was employed by the War Office in Whitehall, London, at the end of WWII. However, it wasn’t until after his father died that he showed any interest in anything other than himself! On leaving academia he took on many roles in his working life: a London police officer, mini-cab business owner, pub tenant and licensed London taxi driver, but never did he plan to become a writer. Nevertheless, after a road traffic accident left him suffering from PTSD and effectively—out of paid work for four years, he wrote and self-published his first novel —The Desolate Garden. Within three months of publication, that book was under a paid option to become a $30 million film. The option lasted for five years until distribution became an insurmountable problem for the production company. All seven of his novels are now published by Creativia with the seventh—The Widow’s Son, completing a three book series alongside: What Happened In Vienna, Jack? and Once I Was A Soldier. Under the Creativia publishing banner, The Desolate Garden went on to become a bestselling novel in World and Russian Literature in 2017. The following year, in May 2018, his book What Happened In Vienna, Jack? was a number one bestseller on four separate Amazon sites: America, UK, Canada, and Australia.  Although it's true to say that he mainly concentrates on what he knows most about; murders laced by the mystery involving spies, his diverse experience of life shows in the short stories he writes, namely: Why? A Complicated Love, and the intriguing story titled The Story That Had No Beginning. He is the recipient of rave reviews from a prestigious Manhattan publication and described as—the new Graham Green—by a highly placed employee of Waterstones Books, for whom he did a countrywide tour of book signing events. He has also appeared on 'live' television in the UK publicising that first novel of his. He continues to write novels, poetry and the occasional quote; this one is taken from the beginning of Once I Was A Soldier There is no morality to be found in evil. But to recognise that which is truly evil one must forget the rules of morality.
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2 Responses to Danny Kemp.

  1. Wow, Danny, we never knew your story before. We are so grateful that you persevered and overcame what was decidedly a huge challenge. We are also so excited for you and where The Desolate Garden is going! We wish you all the best.

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