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I’m Rob and here’s my story. My passion for books in particular runs in the family as my great-grandfather was on the board of publishers Chapman and Hall and put forward Evelyn Waugh’s early works for publication. I’m also writing my own novel (but then, aren’t we all).

I work as a Digital Marketing Manager for Headline Publishing, part of the Hachette Book Group. Here I work on my own titles, marketing them across print and online as well as wider digital projects across Headline.

Prior to that, I worked on social media, the blogs and the wider Waterstones.com at Waterstones Head Office in Piccadilly. I began my career in books as a bookseller at Waterstones straight after my Master’s Degree.

Everyone also likes a good story and I’m fascinated by not only the creative process, but also by how they are presented and how a story reaches us. A novel, a film screenplay, a television script, a web page or a comic book all have there own strengths and weaknesses and it’s determining how, why and where you tell that story is the key. How they are written and the creative decisions behind each story is unique and I’ll be looking at those stories that I uncover, trying to find out more.

I’m also interested in how these stories are brought to us and the new formats that are emerging. Television and cinema are being replaced by online video and e-readers are slowly edging away at the dominance of traditional books. I for one can now write a blog post such as this and instantly have it up on the web, with a potential audience of millions. Some of my posts are more suited to longer posts, others are better in Tweets or on Instagram. How I decide that, I can’t always say – often it’s an unconscious decision.

I’m also a big fan of James Bond and thrillers as well as American and post-colonial literature, which I studied at UEA as an undergraduate and the University of Kent for my Master’s Degree. Film, comics and television dominate my spare time when not reading or writing.

Elsewhere you can find my wife Kate Neilan and I over on Adventures With Words. We previous ran a book blog alongside a weekly podcast talking about books as well as Hear… Read This!, a monthly book club. Today we offer authors advice and guidance to book marketing for authors on a freelance basis.

Full disclosure: I work for Headline Publishing, which is part of the Hachette Book Group.  I won’t be writing about them at all, as I’m more interested in the creative process, so please don’t ask! Also, publishers do send me proof copies and I have to respect the embargo dates of the titles that I am sent. If you’ve still got questions, then let me know!

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