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Cover of "Sell Your Books!"  Cover of my new book, "Coming To Terms with Type 1 Diabetes" Cover of The Owl & The Turkey e-book Cover of Opening Up To Indie Authors Cover of Quck Change flash fiction collection

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Debbie Young at book launch

Launching “Sell Your Books!”, published by SilverWood Books in 2012

I’m Debbie Young, an English author, journalist, blogger and book reviewer. I’m also Commissioning Editor of the Alliance of Independent Authors’ Self-Publishing Advice blog, and I offer book promotion advice to other authors via my Off The Shelf Book Promotions website.

I work from home, and I get a real buzz from connecting across the ether with writers and readers all over the world, from my desk in a Victorian cottage in a small village in the west of England. Sometimes that feels a little surreal.

I also write on the move, inspired by travels in our family’s camper van. A travelogue will be out later this year.

As you can see, I’ve a butterfly mind, which makes the cover image for Quick Change appropriate in more ways than one. (That’s my new e-book of flash fiction published in June 2014.)

Find out more about my work by clicking the menu tabs at the top of this page, or one of the book covers – or scroll down the page for a bullet-point summary.

Photo of Dan Holloway, Orna Ross and Debbie Young on the Kobo stand at the London Book Fair

Launching the new book I co-authored for ALLi at the London Book Fair

My non-fiction includes:

  • self-help books for authors, published by SilverWood Books and the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi)
  • books about Type 1 Diabetes, raising funds and awareness for the research charity JDRF
  • travel memoirs & advice about travel by camper van
  • the history of my village, as part of a local writers’ group
  • memoirs of my life in the village
  • family memoirs

My fiction is always short:

  • short stories of around 3,000 words
  • flash fiction of 100-1000 words
Debbie Young with Hugh Howey

Hugh Howey congratulating me on my speech at the London Book Fair 2014

As a journalist, I contribute articles to various print and online magazines about:

  • self-publishing
  • book promotion
  • children’s books and literacy
  • parenting
  • living with Type 1 diabetes

I also write monthly columns in two regional publications, Tetbury Advertiser and Hawkesbury Parish News.

As a blogger, I write:

Debbie Young and Rebecca Swift in Divinity Lightfoot

With Rebecca Swift of The Literary Consultancy, after our joint talk at the Cambridge Literary Festival

An avid reader, I’m an enthusiastic book reviewer in various quarters:

As a consultant, I love helping other authors to become more successful. From my Off The Shelf Book Promotions book marketing consultancy, I dispense helpful book promotion prescriptions offering an action plan tailored to each author’s needs.

For information about my background, please visit these pages: