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Stamford Mercury Article

Author uncovers ‘remarkable’ families of John Campbell is the headline of an article in this weeks edition of the Stamford Mercury. The Mercury have run the article about Seeking John Campbell to promote my book signing on the 7 February … Continue reading

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Final pre-publication marketing

Now into the final week of pre-publication marketing. Today my local book shop in Stamford set up a window display to advertise my book signing on 7 February between 11am and 1pm. This follows an article in my local newspaper … Continue reading

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Family at War

My book Seeking John Campbell contains the following dedication. It is the result of the discovery that one of the John Campbells I investigated was born in Germany with the surname Philippi. He became a naturalised British citizen in 1902 and returned … Continue reading

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Marketing a self-published book

So the book is written, formatted and the POD distibutors are lined up. But will it sell. The answer I am told or indeed shouted at by a myriad of bloggers is that it will not…at least not without some … Continue reading

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Excerpt from Seeking John Campbell (2)

…At the end of April 1825, Hugh and his family, under the patronage of Grierson, headed to Edinburgh by stagecoach. It seems that Grierson, as a goodwill gesture, paid Robson, three other ploughmen and two servant girls a half-year’s salary … Continue reading

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Paperback proof copies

All books were printed on creme paper and the first to arrive was a Createspace proof from the USA (middle book in image). Blogs had already warned me that the creme paper was the most yellow but without any comparison I … Continue reading

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Print on Demand

The decision regarding Print on Demand suppliers is a minefield because of the burgeoning options available and the particular issues around Amazon’s preferred supplier, Createspace. This task was helped by Karen Inglis’ excellent and now updated blog on the subject. … Continue reading

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The blog of my month in Argentina

Most of March 2014 was spent in Argentina and between my last minute research I had time for sightseeing in Buenos Aires. One of the most interesting places I visited was  Recoleta cemetary the final resting place of Eva Peron amongst … Continue reading

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A month in Argentina (4)

John Argentine Campbell was a formidable sportsman and polo player. After being schooled at Fettes College and going up to Cambridge John returned to the Argentine and c. 1905 built the house below in the English style on land which … Continue reading

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A month in Argentina (3)

From Monte Buey I took two more overnight buses. The first to Cordoba and the second to San Miguel de Tucuman where the decalartion of the Argentine independence was made in 1825. John Otto Campbell sold Los Dos Hermanos after … Continue reading

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