Author Archives: D I Hughes

The evolution of digital publishing

Much like the music industry, digital consumption has had a huge impact on the way in which books are written, delivered, packaged, and sold.

In today’s world, more than 26% of consumers prefer the tablet version of a magazine over its print counterpart.

But, while digital publishing is a sign of progress, and in some ways evolution, we should never discount the joy of getting lost in a physical book. Nor should we overlook the role of the marketing paper or the print publication. And, tangible books aren’t dead like some people will have you believe. And, if vinyl is making a mainstream comeback, surely that’s a sign that physical publishing has its place in the future too? Continue reading

3 ways to stay motivated when working at home

Whether you’re employed by an organisation, or you run a business from your kitchen, working from home is a pretty sweet deal.

Well, it is if you don’t mind a little isolation and the sight of the same four walls day after day.

Working from home suits me, but it isn’t for everyone. Continue reading

How to conjure up the perfect setting for your story

The author must know his countryside, whether real or imaginary, like his hand – Robert Louis Stevenson

Imagine you’ve created the most heroic, heart melting, courage-perspiring hero plus a snarling, devious, and downright dirty nemesis for said hero to battle (or similar, depending on what your story is all about). Now imagine the setting your story is as dull as a dry cracker or simply doesn’t fit around your characters and their various plights.

Your story will fall flat – flat as the proverbial pancake. Continue reading

How to juggle freelance writing and looking after your kid

Whether you’re a freelance writer, a solo logo designer, or a purveyor of novelty socks, working from home and setting your own hours offers an incredible amount of flexibility and freedom. But, throw a child into the mix, and things can get a little complicated.

I love working for myself, and I love being a dad. It’s a lifestyle that suits me just fine.

Of course, you can put you kid in nursery Monday to Friday, leaving you free to structure your working days at your leisure, but if possible, looking after your child during the week is a hugely rewarding experience. It’s just getting it right timewise can be bloody tough.

I’m by no means an expert work and kindergarten juggler, but I do manage. Yes, I do manage – and if you’re in the same boat as me, wondering how you’re going to get everything done without leaving your little one in the lurch, may I offer you a few tips on things I’ve learned over the past 10 months or so?  Continue reading

A very Merry Christmas

I’ve been incredibly busy over the past few months, hence the dwindling volume of blog entries – but in 2017, I have a host of hot topics and niche tips lined up for your reading pleasure.

So, at this point, all that’s left to say is have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with love, laughter, family, presents, music, booze, and mince pies. Oh, and remember… Continue reading

5 quotes relating to working from home

Working from home certainly has its perks – the tiny, convenient commute and access to all creature comforts being two of them.

As great as working from home can be – whether you’re a fulltime freelancer or a part time remote worker (meaning you spend the rest of the time in the office) – it does come with its challenges, chiefly isolation and distraction.

For anyone who works from home, has worked from home, or is thinking about working from home, here are five quotes that are sure to strike a chord in some way… Continue reading

7 things you didn’t know about books

Books have been around for years as a way to educate, inspire, entertain, and even prop up table legs.

Books are a wonderful thing and although the Kindle offers a certain level of convenience and flexibility – a bit like the crackle of vinyl – there’s nothing quite like getting lost in the spine of a good old book.

You’re probably in agreement that books are brilliant, but here are seven things you probably didn’t know about them… Continue reading