A former Hazelwick School pupil is giving budding authors the chance to get their books noticed on the world stage.
Tim Ridgeway has made a name for himself with his publishing company, MadeGlobal.com, and has attracted 30 authors from across the globe with his ‘author centred’ approach.
The business started with a book compiled from posts on a blog run by his wife Claire, www.TheAnneBoleynFiles.com. It was a resounding success and MadeGlobal was born.
Tim, who lived in Pound Hill before moving to their current home in Spain, is to host a unique charity event in London entitled ‘An Evening with the Authors’. It will unite 19 authors and historians to share tips with other writers.
It will raise funds for the Mary Rose Museum Trust.
The father of three said: “Primarily I imagined that this event would be an opportunity for history fans to meet the personalities behind the books they read, and that is definitely one part of the event. However, it quickly turned out that a lot of people wanted to talk to me about their book. With the rise of interest in self-publishing, a lot of people have been inspired to write. But actually making your manuscript into a success is a lot harder than you might imagine. I’m looking forward to meeting those people to see how we can help them.
“And then, of course, there are those who are interested in discovering more about history. With this many well-known historians in one place, it’s the perfect opportunity to discuss history.
“And finally, we have had a lot of interest from students. Some are studying history, others studying English or literature and that kind of thing. Both our authors and I have a passion for helping young people to succeed in life. I think that books, publishing and blogging can be a huge part of that success.
“I’m also really proud to be the publisher for D.K. Wilson’s new book as he’s a really well-respected author and historian. Derek’s book, The Devil’s Chalice, will be launched at the event, and people attending will be able to get a copy before the general public.”
The event is in The Venue, Malet Street, London on September 24 at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from www.MadeGlobal.com/meet