Henry Hyde: Designer, Writer, Editor

Publishing

Epic Fantasy Cover Illustration

Epic Fantasy Cover Illustration

I recently had an enquiry from an author who has written a fantasy novel, and was looking for fantasy cover illustration ideas. Epic fantasy is one of those genres where the audience has rather specific expectations of the kind of cover the book will have, so you either need to…

Author Insights: Six of the Best with Clare Flynn

Author Insights: Six of the Best with Clare Flynn

Many thanks to fellow south coast author Clare Flynn for agreeing to participate in my Author Insights series. I first met Clare online via the Alliance of Independent Authors (see link top right above) and subsequently discovered she now lives not far away in lovely Eastbourne, a place I know…

Author Insights: Six of the best with Pippa DaCosta

Author Insights: Six of the best with Pippa DaCosta

I’m delighted to welcome Pippa DaCosta to my online home. I first met Pippa at the London Book Fair earlier this year, where I was struck by her huge energy, enthusiasm, intelligence and good humour—she may not be very tall, but she is a towering talent, as her USA Today successes…

Author Insights: Six of the Best with Alison Morton

Author Insights: Six of the Best with Alison Morton

Welcome to Alison Morton, author of the acclaimed Roma Nova series. I first met Alison at an indie author festival in London, where she surprised everyone by revealing a stick the same length as a Roman gladius that she keeps for inspiration. As a martial artist, I got quite excited about this, which shows…

Author Insights: Six of the Best with A D Starrling

Author Insights: Six of the Best with A D Starrling

This week, I’m delighted to introduce you to A D Starrling, who splits her time between writing thrillers and being a highly qualified and experienced Neonatal Intensive Care doctor! Her path into the world of indie publishing is both impressive and inspiring – it certainly proves that it’s possible to build…

Author Insights: Six of the best with Piers Alexander

Author Insights: Six of the best with Piers Alexander

I’m so pleased that author and serial entrepreneur Piers Alexander has agreed to be my second victim for this new series on the blog which has already attracted a great deal more attention than anything else I’ve ever done on this site. (There’s a lesson right there…) I first encountered Piers…

A Day at London Book Fair 2017

A Day at London Book Fair 2017

  I’ve never been to the London Book Fair before. It’s a little overwhelming. Here’s some advice. Whatever the temperature outside, it’s boiling hot inside Olympia. Do not overdress. Wear comfortable shoes. I’ll say that again: WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES. I made the mistake of wearing stylish, fancy shoes and am…

Self-Publishing? Why Work With A Designer?

Self-Publishing? Why Work With A Designer?

The rapid-read version Doing it yourself may seem like the cheapest option, but unless you know what you’re doing, it’s a false economy. A good graphic designer provides excellent value for money. Building a healthy, long-term relationship with an experienced designer is invaluable and an investment in your future success.…

Blessed to be ALLi’s EU VAT Man

Blessed to be ALLi’s EU VAT Man

This is not the story of a tax inspector from Brussels, though I’m sure that a thrilling novel could be written along these lines. No, this is the story of an ex-magazine editor who, by a curious twist of fate, has become the EU VAT spokesperson for the Alliance of…

Gladius Publications Is Born

Gladius Publications Is Born

I’ve started a few businesses over the years. Back in 1991, I co-founded a graphic design partnership, H A Design, and then in 1998 started its digital arm, H@://Wired. Then in 2001, after splitting from my business partner at the end of 1999, I re-branded myself as Gladius Creative Communication,…

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