Dr R. Eric Swanepoel is the founder of Synchrony Books (photo courtesy of Margaret Montgomery)

Dr R. Eric Swanepoel is the founder of Synchrony Books (photo courtesy of Margaret Montgomery)

Synchrony Books was founded by Dr R. Eric Swanepoel of BioWrite Professional Writing Assistance.  Its goal is nothing less than to publish world-changing page-turners.  Synchrony Books does not believe in “worthy but dull”; neither is it interested in publishing superficial books about celebrities.

All of Synchrony Books’ titles will be unputdownable, and each will expand readers’ ideas of the world, leaving them inspired and empowered.

Every title will contain/reflect some or all of the following elements/values:

  • a respect for human beings and the natural world
  • the fearless exposure of injustice and cruelty in general, and of the wrongs of the rich and powerful in particular
  • a celebration of creativity, originality and courage
  • the offering of alternatives to the apparently dominant culture of consumerism/materialism
  • positive suggestions to balance criticisms

A proportion of Synchrony Books’ profits will be donated to the education of women and girls in the developing world, arguably the single most efficient way of improving the total wellbeing of humanity.

Vroni Holzmann designed the cover of Synchrony Books' first publication.

Vroni Holzmann designed the cover of Synchrony Books' first publication. Ebook covers have been designed by Kit Foster.

Synchrony Books will grow naturally as it attracts like-minded people.  The designer of the first publication’s cover is the multi-talented Vroni Holzmann.  The Synchrony Books logo reflects the Synchrony Books ethos.

Synchrony Books will publish primarily, but not necessarily exclusively, non-fiction.

For the time being Synchrony Books is not accepting submissions.

Worksop Guardian article on Angela Bayley's new book and campaign

Click on the picture to see how the Worksop Guardian has covered Angela Bayley’s book, Please Believe Me, and her campaign to change the law.

Synchrony Books congratulates Angela Bayley on the coverage she has just obtained in the Worksop Guardian for Please Believe Me and the Angela’s Law campaign.

Mentioned in the article by Hayley Gallimore is the support she is receiving from MP John Mann, Peter Saunders and NAPAC and local politician and campaigner Adele Mumby. Please visit Angela Bayley’s website to learn more.

The cover of Angela Bayley's biography.

Please Believe Me (How institutions and the law failed a survivor of child abuse. And how she aims to ‘fix it’.)

We are delighted to announce the publication of Please Believe Me, the new and updated version of Angela Bayley‘s biography, formerly published as Disruptive.

It is available as an ebook on Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, and many other national versions of Amazon.

NAPAC logo

NAPAC endorsed the earlier version of Angela’s book, and she is donating 20p from every copy sold to this excellent charity.

Twenty pence from every copy sold will be donated to NAPAC, the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, who endorsed the earlier version of this book. The Chief Executive, Peter Saunders, said, ‘As well as helping other survivors come to terms with a painful past, books such as this are actually a vital element in how we protect our children today. That is why we should all read Angela’s very powerful and moving message. One thing that perpetrators of abuse, or the institutions that protected those people do not want, is for survivors to speak out. Angela has had the courage to do so and we at NAPAC are pleased and privileged to have her support.’

Click on the heading above if you don’t see the highlighted link to reviews of Saving the World.

Saving the World is available from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de and Smashwords.com.

Cover of "Saving the World", an ebook by R. Eric Swanepoel

Cover of "Saving the World", an ebook by R. Eric Swanepoel

Press release:   Canadian academic spurs Edinburgh writer to release book “dangerous to status quo”

High definition image of cover.

Author’s biography.

The cover of "Saving the World", designed by Kit Foster.

Synchrony Books has just released "Saving the World", an ebook version of R. Eric Swanepoel's 2004 paperback novel "Saving the World and Being Happy, The Computer Ager". The cover was designed by Kit Foster. Click on the image to purchase it from Smashwords. See below for Amazon link.

The cover of the original paperback version of "Saving the World".

The cover of the original paperback version of "Saving the World". The novel received excellent reviews. The ebook format will make it much more widely available and affordable.

Synchrony Books is pleased to announce that it has just released Saving the World, an ebook version of Saving the World and Being Happy, The Computer Ager.  It is now available on Smashwords.com in multiple formats and on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr and Amazon.de in Kindle format. Both these sites offer free samples too, so try before you buy!

The author, R. Eric Swanepoel, answers some questions:

Why are you re-releasing this book now?

  • For several reasons.  Firstly, although the paperback version was published in 2004 and received good reviews at the time, I recently received an unsolicited and spontaneous review from an academic and writer I greatly admire, Professor Bruce K. Alexander.  If he thinks Saving the World should be widely read, who am I to argue?
  • Secondly, it has never seemed more relevant. It examines the sinister effects of the near monopoly of the media exercised by “Bear Mudrock”, and demonstrates how this might be overcome.  The recent collapse of Rupert Murdoch’s bid to take over BSkyB in the wake of the News of the World phone-tapping scandal has raised awareness of this man’s questionable ethics and influence. The recent riots in England have also led people to ask questions about our society.
  • Thirdly, the rights have just reverted to me, so I wasn’t able to publish it until now.

Why are you releasing it in ebook format?

  • I believe ebook sales are rapidly catching up on the sales of conventional books.  The minimal cost of producing ebooks means that the price can be kept low and so most people with a simple computer anywhere in the world should be able to read it (the book will be available in multiple formats). It is in keeping with the book’s ethos to keep it affordable so that price will not be a significant barrier.
  • It is difficult and expensive to get hard copies distributed and stocked when one is competing with large publishing firms, particularly if one’s book is opposed to the economic orthodoxy. (Prof. Alexander describes it as “dangerous to the status quo!”)

Ten pence from every copy sold will be donated to a charity that educates girls in the developing world. Why?

  • I want every reader to feel that he or she is making a real and practical difference to the world (and I want to feel this too).
  • Educating and empowering women and girls in the developing world is, I believe, the single most cost-effective way of improving the wellbeing of humankind.

Who designed the cover?

A Facebook friend recommended an artist called Kit Foster. Kit seemed to instantly understand the brief I gave him. I think the design he has come up with is striking and fresh, and manages to convey the book’s humour as well as its depth. I hope this will lead to more commissions for this talented young man.

Announcing Angela Bayley’s blog! Now you can keep up to date with her experiences at http://angelabayley.wordpress.com.