Self Publishing Journeys

Episode 32: Edward Trayer

Edward Trayer

Edward Trayer writes fiction books for children under the pen-name Billy Bob Buttons.

He is the author of sixteen books to date and is published by The Wishing Shelf Press.

In 2011, his book Felicity Brady and the Wizard's Bookshop was long-listed for the International Rubery Book Award, and Tor Assassin Hunter was a runner up in the 2012 UK People's Book Prize.

In 2014, I Think I Murdered Miss won the UK People's Book Prize.

He visits over to 200 UK primary schools every year delivering literacy workshops; it is estimated he has met with over 150,000 children over the last three years.

He is also the founder and organiser of The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards.

Edward discusses The Wishing Shelf Awards in this interview and gives  lots of information about how to enter and the judging process.

Find Out More:

Edward Trayer/Billy Bob Button on Wikipedia:

Edward's author website:

The Wishing Shelf Awards:

The Wishing Shelf Awards Facebook Group:

Edward's Amazon Author page:

Talking points:

An example of Billy Bob Buttons in action at the school mentioned in the interview:



Scholastic Book Clubs:

Deviant Art:

Episode 32, release date Monday 10th October, 2016

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Paul’s Podcast Diary

1) The Forgotten Children writing progress:

Writing progress

Writing word count 7th October

2) My book promos on FreeBooksy, RobinReads and eBookSoda – I rate FreeBooksy highest!:

FreeBooksy promo

Robin reads promo


3) Book promo results over the weekend:

Book promo results

Amazon stats

4) Updated ‘favourite podcasts' page:

5) My appearance at the Borderlines Book Festival:

Help yourself to my slides from the presentation:


6) Improved book reviews on The Secret Bunker 1:

Author Platform Bootcamp

This will be an occasional feature – episodes will pop up every now and then!

Thriller author Ian Sutherland is about to launch a new service for other authors called Author Platform Sidekick where he will nurture author platforms by focusing on growing their Twitter followers and email subscribers.

This project come about because Ian mastered Twitter early on in his own author career and published his first non-fiction book called Advanced Twitter Strategies for Authors to pass on all of the tricks and techniques.

The site is based at and I'm one of Ian's beta testers.

My Twitter account, used for beta testing:

SocialOomph: [Affiliate link]

Follow Ian on Twitter and grab his free 10-part video series on using Twitter: [Recommended!]

Advanced Twitter Strategies For Authors:

Ian's podcast interview for Self-Publishing Journeys:



Author Platform Bootcamp

This Week’s Self-Publishing News

The Alliance of Independent Authors news update for Friday 7th October:

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[July 2] Episode 118: Wendy Jones/Scottish Crime Writer Find out more

[August 6th] Episode 119: Debbie Young/Cosy Crime Writer & ALLi blog editor Find out more

[Sept 3rd] Episode 120: Peter Mortimer/Poet, Playwright, Author & Publisher Find out more

Podcast diaries continue weekly over summer, interviews resume regularly with episode 241 on Monday 1st October 2018

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