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Six new releases for 2017


 

   

After releasing my first full colour railway book in 2016 to commemorate 30 years since first picking up a camera to photograph trains, 2017 has not disappointed with the release of 6 new railway books.

The first of my Last Train Series of railway bush poetry full colour photographic books, Last Train to Brisbane, was release in July 2017. By November I followed up with the aptly named Last Train to Grafton. Both of these books are beautiful full colour 8" x 10" titles available in hard or softcover, with the next instalment due in the first half of 2018. In keeping to my wish to produce a railway book like none other, this series will continue to take a nostalgic romp through the towns and places where it is no longer possible to board a train. The hauntingly beautiful photography fits hand-in-hand with the classic Australian railway bush poetry featured within, and this is a series I will continue to add to over the years to come, making these books highly collectable in the future.

Hot on its heels comes the first-time in print release of my Train Tripping Series of books. The first of these, Train Tripping Coastal Queensland, was originally released in eBook only in 2014. The eBook went on to become a nominee in the 2015 Global eBook Awards, pitted against the highly successful Lonely Planet travel guides. Train Tripping Eastern Australia also first appeared in 2014 before Train Tripping Around Sydney and Train Tripping Around Melbourne followed in 2015. For the print release, each book was given an extensive makeover, several black & white photographs included of places featured in each railway adventure, and the book edited down to a pocket-sized 5" x 8" black & white travel-friendly paperback. The print release of these books is a huge shot of confidence ahead of me adding another 2 books to the series in 2018. The fact is, the journeys featured in each of these 3 day self-guided railway adventures remain extremely expensive to produce, and with no offers of assistance coming from any railway body, any transcontinental or overseas railway journeys remain out of my reach.

Its a long way from where my career started with the release of my first novel The Long Way Home in 2007. Ten years in fact! While I still remain hopeful of re-releasing my four full length novels in 2018, next year is already shaping as a busy year with the release of at least another four railway books to follow. Fans of my earlier novels shouldn't be too concerned however, as I'm planning to return to fiction writing in 2019 with an exciting new project. Something which I'm toying with the idea of first testing out on my hobby blog over at phildenmodelrailway.blogspot.com

Here's my scrapbook of past achievements and news headlines


From my nomination in the 2015 Global eBook Awards for my book Train Tripping Coastal Queensland, to an 11,649 km Book Tour of Australia's east coast and appearing in over 30 major regional newspapers, you can't say I haven't tried to get my name out there...

 


  

   

 
 
 
 

  

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 


Here's a look back at my past Book Tours



After 7 years of touring the East Coast of Australia with my books, I made my final public appearance at the Maleny Celebration of Books in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland on 26 October of 2013. I was signing books for one last time before the curtains fell on the end of an era that saw me travel 11,649 km while making a total of 41 appearances and visiting every capital city along the Australian East Coast. Tours like these will not occur again until the release of my next novel and a return-to-print of my entire back catalogue.


2012 saw my first virtual book tour visiting 26 websites from the USA to the Philippines. Interviews, guest posts, reviews and lots of giveaways. This sure was one busy month! click to read more...


My third book tour in 2012 followed the release of my third novel, Last Wish of Summer. Launched locally in Caloundra, the tour was a local one, visiting 12 venues across the Sunshine Coast over the course of 9 months. click to read more...


My second book tour in 2011 saw me trek a total of 6,197 km while visiting 8 different locations between Tin Can Bay in Queensland, and Margate in far south Tasmania. It was my most ambitious tour so far, and one that probably will not be repeated for quite some time! click to read more...


My first book tour in 2010 saw me travel Australia's east coast from Pomona on the Sunshine Coast to Penrith, west of Sydney, visiting 13 different locations while covering a distance of 3,452 km. click to read more...


My earliest appearances as an author followed the 2007 release of my debut novel The Long Way Home, which was launched in Brisbane, Australia at Riverbend Books & Teahouse in Bulimba. click to read more...

Here's the full list of news, magazine & web articles featuring me


  • Kiama Independent - Kiama, NSW 17-APR-2015
  • Niume - Online Travel e Zine - DEC-2014
  • Destinations Magazine - Issue 78, WINTER 2014
  • My Worldmark Story - Wyndham Vacation Resorts website, FEB-2014
  • New Age Mama, USA 11-SEP-2012
  • Caloundra Buzz Magazine - Caloundra, QLD MAR-APR-2012
  • Sunshine Coast Weekender Magazine - QLD 23-MAR-2012
  • Kingborough Chronicle - Margate, TAS 10-SEP-2011
  • Caloundra Weekly - Caloundra, QLD 27-APR-2011
  • The Coffs Coast Advocate - Coffs Harbour, NSW 20-APR-2011
  • The Daily Examiner - Grafton, NSW 20-APR-2011
  • Ballina Shire Advocate - Ballina, NSW 20-APR-2011
  • Northern Rivers Echo - Lismore, NSW 20-APR-2011
  • The Northern Star - Lismore, NSW 20-APR-2011
  • Byron Shire News - Byron Bay, NSW 20-APR-2011
  • Daily News - Tweed Heads, NSW 20-APR-2011
  • Gold Coast Mail - Tweed Heads, NSW 20-APR-2011
  • The Warwick Daily News - Warwick, QLD 20-APR-2011
  • The Chronicle - Toowoomba, QLD 20-APR-2011
  • The Queensland Times - Ipswich, QLD 20-APR-2011
  • The Satellite - Ipswich, QLD 20-APR-2011
  • The Ipswich Advertiser - Ipswich, QLD 20-APR-2011
  • Gatton, Lockyer & Brisbane Valley Star - Gatton, QLD 20-APR-2011
  • The Reporter - Logan, QLD 20-APR-2011
  • Coolum & North Shore News - Coolum, QLD 20-APR-2011
  • Noosa News - Noosa, QLD 20-APR-2011
  • The Gympie Times - Gympie, QLD 20-APR-2011
  • Fraser Coast Chronicle - Maryborough, QLD 20-APR-2011
  • News Mail - Bundaberg, QLD 20-APR-2011
  • The Morning Bulletin - Rockhampton, QLD 20-APR-2011
  • Daily Mercury - Mackay, QLD 20-APR-2011
  • Central Telegraph - Biloela, QLD 20-APR-2011
  • Central Queensland News - Emerald, QLD 20-APR-2011
  • Whitsunday Times - Airlie Beach, QLD 20-APR-2011
  • The Observer - Gladstone, QLD 20-APR-2011
  • Sunshine Coast Daily - Sunshine Coast, QLD 17-APR-2011
  • Glasshouse Country News - Beerwah, QLD 15-DEC-2010
  • The Cessnock Advertiser - Cessnock, NSW 15-SEP-2010
  • Redcliffe City News - Redcliffe, QLD 24-AUG-2010
  • Sunshine Coast Weekender Magazine, Sunshine Coast, QLD 13-AUG-2010
  • Bayside Bulletin, Redland, QLD 26-JUN-2007
  • The Foster Mirror, Foster, VIC 11-APR-2007
  • Central Coast Express Advocate, Gosford, NSW MAR-2007

Here's some of my past interviews


  • ABC Radio Southern Queensland, Breakfast with David Iliffe, 2-AUG-2017
  • The Soul Saloon with Rena Reese, talk radio show, USA 9-MAR-2011
  • Polka Dot Banner, USA 6-OCT-2009

Here's some of my past milestones & achievements


  • 2015 Nominee Global eBook Awards, Train Tripping Coastal Queensland
  • 2015 Featured Author on BookWorks - The Self-Publishers Association
  • 2010 Official 2nd round selection, Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, A Walk Before Sunrise
  • 2009 Polka Dot Banner featured author of the month
  • 1991 Poem Travel by night appeared in Heartland Magazine, Australia
  • 1989 Winner Foster High School Writing Award for poetry, VIC Australia
  • 1988 Winner Foster High School Writing Award for prose, VIC Australia
  • 1987 Winner Foster High School Writing Award for prose, VIC Australia