Short bio - Brian Morgan
Brian Morgan spent 20 years as an accountant and manager for national and international companies in Australia, chalking up some pretty impressive achievements. He opted for this because he could not work out how to pursue his writing dream and feed his family at the same time.
He finally broke out of the business world by starting his own magazines - some regional and some national. To start, he did all the writing, advertising sales, prepress work, dealing with printers and delivery of the magazines - all with the support and willing work of his wife, Judy.
They also started a printing and publishing business and a seminar and exhibition production company, all within a five-year period. Not surprisingly, he then had a heart attack.
Recouperating, Brian became angry with himself and landed on the doorstep of his local newspaper, where he asked for work - any work as long as it was writing. They gave him a job and his promotion was rapid on a range of newspaper and magazine mastheads.
He collected a stack of national and state awards for journalism, editing and publishing in a 20-year career in that industry. He gained an enviable reputation and genuine peer recognition with titles including editor, editor-in-chief and managing editor.
Twenty years later, he decided (with his wife's encouragement and support) that the time was tight to really chase the dream and work for himself as an author.
Never one to be half-hearted, he threw himself into it and is enjoying a third career right now. Along the way, he collected a prestigeous national literary award, became a sell-out best-seller in the US, the UK and Japan, had his work translated for Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese readers and mentored writers around the world.
He has eight books in print and more as eBooks, and published books for others.
Brian Morgan has a particular quirk. He tries to leave everything better than he found it. He thinks we should earn our place in our family, our community, our workplace and on this planet. So, he now runs an organisation called Professional Independent Publishing Standards (pipsverified.com) set up to make self-publishing and indie publishing better