Self-published book

I like to write back

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I like to write back by Gareth J M Saunders

“Your email inbox is a to do list written by other people”

For the last twenty years or more, since setting up my first website in the autumn of 1999, most weeks I get at least one email asking if someone may write a guest post for my blog, or ‘buy links’, i.e., pay me to add links to my website that point to their website. Why? Because that’s one way that search engines determine which websites are the most important: the more links that a page has pointing at it from elsewhere (like from my blog) the more important the search engines rank that site, so it appears closer to the top of the search engine results page. Search engine optimisation pays.

At some point in 2009, though, I wondered what would happen if I wrote back…

Gareth J M Saunders

Author and editor


  • Write
  • Edit
  • Typeset
  • Cover design
  • ISBN number
  • Submission to publisher


  • A5 (148 mm × 210 mm)
  • 101 pages
  • Monochrome pages
  • Full colour cover


Family of Rosalie J Saunders

Project date


The story

This book took around 13 years to write. A random, silly thread that wound around my children growing up, a divorce, a breakdown, a global pandemic, and the gradual re-piecing together of my health and life.

By the time I realised that I could have plotted out a nicely structured story arc for the strange goings on with my fictional neighbours Colin and Mr Parkinson, it was too late. Like real life, it had already taken a path of its own and found no tidy conclusions.

In 2022, some way through the Covid-19 pandemic, I felt it was time to pull this together into a book.

The process was pretty quick, thanks in part to the excellent tools from self-publishing house Lulu. I got the manuscript edited, typeset, table of contents created, cover designed and uploaded to Lulu.

I am available to edit and design your next self-published book. Get in touch.



I like to write back by Gareth J M Saunders
I like to write back by Gareth J M Saunders

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