I wear a couple of different hats when it comes to writing. I write about computers and sport.
I have had well over 100 books published in a career spanning almost 30 years. The boom in the hobbyist home computer market in the 1980's brought it all about with the launch of the BBC Micro and then other home based systems such as the Amiga. Out of those early days and the development of desktop publishing David Atherton and I set up Dabs Press to publish our own books and from this grew dabs.com. The Dabhand Guide range of books were virtually all best sellers (in fact some titles we couldn't print fast enough).
As Dabs moved heavily into retail (and became the largest on-line retailer of electrical goods in Europe), I started Bruce Smith Books as a sideline and concentrated primarily on the Amiga 500. This quickly grew and the Insider Guide and Total! Series were great successes. Many of those Amiga titles are much sought after items today. Retro computing is a popular pastime for many.
It is a bit of an on-going joke at home that I am compiling a bibliography of my books. I never seem to finish as it is much more fun writing them! One day...
My other love has always been sport and at Bruce Smith Books we set up the 'Words On Sport' imprint. This was used to create a range of Pocket Annuals that covered a variety of sports: Premier League, Cricket, Rugby, and Formula 1. Another side line at that time was 'packaging books' for other publishers. With the huge databases of sport information we had we did this for the likes of Sky Sports and Headline Publishing. Much of this data was also used in the creation of many of the Fantasy Football sites that exist today. We also helped with a number of magazine launches, and I myself wrote most of the copy that went into the first two issues of Four-Four-Two magazine.
Highbury: The Story of Arsenal Stadium was a major success. Published by Mainstream, the hardback version has sold out but is still available in paperback and eBook format.
The launch of the Raspberry Pi has been a welcome distraction and 'Raspberry Pi Assembly Language Beginners' is the first in a series of Hands On Guides that I will be writing during 2013.
Follow me on Twitter at @brucefsmith or see my website at www.brucesmith.info