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First of all, let me introduce myself. For the past six years or so, I’ve been writing books for children, kids TV shows and comics under the name Barry Hutchison. My books have been produced by publishers such as Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Little Brown, Nosy Crow, Stripes, Egmont and many more, while my comic-book writing has appeared in titles as diverse as The Beano and Angry Birds Magazine.

While I love writing for children and have absolutely no intention of stopping, thank-you-very-much, I’ve also been keen to explore writing for adults. I’ve also also been keen to explore the exciting new world of self-publishing, and so have decided to combine those two things together.

As a result, I am today embarking on a self-publishing career in adult literature. By that I mean literature for adults, not adult literature – an important distinction to make, I feel.

What the self-publishing career is going to look like, I don’t yet know. Will it be exclusively digital, or venture into print? I haven’t decided yet, and will be looking into the pros and cons of each over the next few weeks as I work towards releasing my first pieces of writing for grown-ups.

For my adult fiction, I’ve added my middle initial to my name. I feel this is important because some of my children’s fiction – like this, for example – is a million miles away from the unremitting darkness I intend to unleash upon the Earth with my adult stuff, and I’d hate some poor, unsuspecting young ‘un to stumble upon the new stories by mistake and be emotionally scarred for life.

So, if you’re interested in reading, writing, self-publishing or any of that stuff, I hope you’ll stick around and follow my progress as I try to break into the dizzying world of the self-published novelist.


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