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The Books of William Speir
Biographic Sketch of William Speir

Award-winning author William Speir was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1962, attended the University of Alabama, and graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1984. He spent over 25 years in corporate America, serving as a management consultant, consulting practice leader, IT executive, and HR/Payroll executive for top tier consulting firms and Fortune 100 companies. His specialty was helping people and organizations change (new systems, new processes, new regulatory compliance, new products and services, new markets). He has worked for companies and with clients across the United States, Canada, Bermuda, and the United Kingdom. He has lived in Alabama, Michigan, Texas, Connecticut, and Florida.

William has also helped start and manage a
number of non-profit corporations, having held
officer and director positions in several cultural and historic organizations. He is a Civil War Artillery expert and is involved with battlefield and historic site preservation.

William lives in Central Florida with his wife, Lee Anne, and his daughter and son-in-law. His son, daughter-in-law, and grandson live in Connecticut. He is a member of the Florida Writers Association, as well as several historical organizations.

 

Publishing Experience

During William’s corporate career, he published several articles on leadership and the human impact to change.

His first experience with book publishing was with a series of ten textbooks he authored about the types, nomenclature, capabilities and deployment of field artillery in the 19th century. These textbooks became the source material for his Muzzle-Loading Artillery for Reenactors (PRPP 2015).

In 2009, after William retired from the corporate world, he began writing fiction. His first works, The Order of the Saltire Trilogy, were published in 2010 and 2011. A second trilogy soon followed (The Sentinels of the Saltire Trilogy).

William was approached by his first publishing company to use his business experience to improve the company’s internal processes and help develop new business opportunities that could benefit authors and organizations that needed publishing services. During his tenure, William took over the sharing of author success stories on Social Media, he created a pilot program to help professional organizations with large archives of information to create an online marketplace for selling and distributing the contents of their archives while also handling the publishing of new information (newsletters, journals, bound volumes of past articles), and he developed a new service to help authors market their books and develop their personal brand by writing and publishing articles.

William took every opportunity to learn about the publishing industry from the inside, including book production, cover design, text layout, marketing, branding, and the financial side of the business. It was also during this time that William met the founders of Progressive Rising Phoenix Press (PRPP).

William left his first publisher to concentrate on writing and to look for a new publisher that would approach authors as business partners, rather than commodities. Over the next few years, he heavily revised his first two trilogies into a 7-book series, he wrote his first two historical novels (both of which won Royal Palm Literary Awards for unpublished historical fiction), he wrote his first fantasy novel, and he began writing his first science fiction novel. He also consolidated his ten artillery textbooks into a single manual.

In April 2015, William signed with Progressive Rising Phoenix Press (PRPP) to be his new publishing partner. His artillery manual, his two historical novels (King’s Ransom and The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson), his fantasy novel (The Kingstone of Airmid), and his 7-book action-adventure series (The Knights of the Saltire Series), were the first works published. William has since finished three additional novels. His science fiction novel (The Olympium of Bacchus 12) was published in late 2016. His next two historical novels (Nicaea - The Rise of the Imperial Church and Arthur, King) are awaiting publication.

William used what he learned from his first publisher to do all of the cover design and text layouts of his own books. Shortly after signing with PRPP, William offered his services to the company to provide cover design and book layout services for other authors. Since then, he has helped a number of authors with their book cover design and text layouts.

In December 2016, William accepted the position of Production Manager with PRPP. In this role, William will manage the process of preparing new books for publication and updating existing books for new pricing, new bindings, and new editions.

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Click on the links to the left to learn more about the novels of William Speir.

 

Publishing Consulting:

In addition to writing and working with PRPP as Production Manager, William works are a freelance consultant, offering a number of services to his fellow authors.  These include:

- Text Layout of manuscripts for Printed Books (no ebooks).

- Front/Spine/Back Cover Layout for softback and hardback Printed Books.

- Creating book catalogues for authors.

- Other services, including book reviews, book critiques, and workshops to help authors outline and structure the stories in their manuscripts.

See the Consulting Services page for more information about these services and the current price list.

 

 

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Author William Speir