Ampurlife Books: Stephen Mark Richards

About Ampurlife Books

People involved in creative arts (writers, fine artists, musicians, potters, actors, craft workers, etc) often struggle with taking their product to a wider audience. They are swamped in the global sea of productive output of other artists. Social media savvy artists do have a slightly better chance of building an audience and this pushes many towards such platforms.

Ampurlife Books acts as a micro-publishing outlet for a small selection of writers but primarily for Stephen Mark Richards.

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Amazon UK Stephen Mark Richards
Amazon UK
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Amazon USA

Any writers who are assisted by Ampurlife are helped on a ‘not for profit’ basis. The sole aim is to execute professional standards of writing, editing, design and production.

Stephen Mark Richards selected book covers
Selected book covers

Our books are published both as Kindle books, which are distributed worldwide through Amazon, and also as paperbacks which are often ISBN registered and are made available through online retailers such as Amazon and LuLu. Most of our books are also registered with the major bibliographic databases, including Nielsen and Bowker. This allows traditional high-street bookshops to order and stock our titles through Ingram. Some titles are also available to order in-store at outlets such as Waterstones Bookshops.

Please enjoy a quick browse through the Ampurlife catalogue.


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Many people have written books but their number pales into insignificance when compared to the number of people who would like to write a book but never do. This does not mean that those unwritten books would have been without merit. On the contrary, what it really means is that millions of fascinating stories go to the grave with their would-be creators. The sad fact is, the unique qualities that each of those potential creators would have brought to those untold stories were never shared.

Write with Flash Stephen Mark Richards
Write with Flash
Amazon UK Stephen Mark Richards
Amazon UK
Amazon USA Stephen Mark Richards
Amazon USA

Without doubt, there are more unnoticed people with the potential to shine than are ever discovered. Only by sharing your light can anyone see how uniquely your light shines.


How and why Ampurlife Books was established

Ampurlife Books was started by Dr Stephen Mark Richards as a company to manage self-publication. This approach has been adopted by many writers who, for a variety of reasons, have made the decision to shortcut traditional publishing routes. In fact, the modern world of mass self-publication encourages such an approach. Sharing personally created content has become a global phenomenon through social media such as blogs, posts and tweets. The more formal world of traditional book publishing has been revolutionised by electronic book formats (eBooks), such as those delivered on the Kindle, and print-on-demand (POD) services for the production of paper-based books.

Kindle Books
Kindle Books

A self-publishing route may not be optimal for many writers. There are concerns that the release of sub-standard material by some less self-critical, and therefore less rigorous writers, can harm publishing in general. The argument is that readers will be discouraged from reading by the need to trawl through stacks of rubbish in order to find an occasional gem. The second principle objection to self-publication is that the writer will harm their own future chances of publishing with an established publishing company. Again, it is the publication of sub-standard material that is the principal concern.

Print on Demand
Print on Demand

Even in the absence of the experience, resources and skill-base of large publishing companies, it is still possible to strive for quality. We owe it to ourselves to be critical and rigorous in our approaches to publishing. Even if we can not always match large publishing companies, if we do opt to follow a smaller scale route then it is incumbent upon us to work even harder than would be required if we were backed by an established publisher. It is only through such attention to detail that we can hope that, at some point, our efforts will be noticed, promoted or even taken on by reputable agents and publishers.

Ampurlife Books adopts a self-publishing approach using eBook and print-on-demand publishing. There are many writers who need support to achieve this and Ampurlife Books has previously provided support to a limited number of writers.

Stephen Mark Richards profile photo
Stephen Mark Richards: click photo for biography on Amazon.com

Ampurlife Books is not a vanity publisher but facilitates self-publication. Writers supported by Ampurlife are not required to purchase their own stock. Aspiring writers can contact Ampurlife for more details but due to workload it is always difficult to take on new projects.


Stephen Mark Richards at Looe Literary Festival 2015

Looe Literary Festival 2015
Looe Literary Festival 2015

Writing factual or fictional books about your unique personal experiences can be for anyone, not just a writing elite. The author of ‘Write with Flash’ talks about tools, support, inspiration and training to assist aspiring writers as they set out to create their debut work.


 

Additional information

Ampurelife – Ampurlife

Note: Ampurelife is another name often used for Ampurlife due to the name being misread or mispronounced. Steps are being taken to help people better access the Ampurlife website.