Ivor Davis- What I’ve learned Self-Publishing
March 25, 2021,
11 am Pacific
All three of Ivor Davis’s books were self-published—a memoir, a children’s book, and true crime. Along the way, Ivor learned a great deal about what works for book production and how to market books. Ivor will share the four top ideas that work for him and answer your questions and advise from his almost a decade of self-publishing success.
March 25, 2021, 11 am Pacific
Ivor Davis was an international journalist beginning in the early 60s when he toured America with The Beatles for The London Daily Express. He then became a New York Times syndicated columnist for fifteen years, all while writing over 100 cover stories for Los Angeles Magazine with his late wife, Sally Ogle Davis. During this time, he wrote the book, Five to Die, the very first book ever published about the notorious Manson murders.
Fast forward 50 years to 2014. Ivor reflected on his memories and journals from his time on tour with the Beatles and decided to write a memoir. The book covered the entire tour, from traveling on their plane, in the limos, and staying in the adjoining rooms of their hotel suites. He had the ultimate inside scoop. The Beatles and Me on Tour came out just before the 50th anniversary of their first American tour that started in August 1964 and went on to win awards and accolades.
That book let to invitations to lecture on the Queen Mary and other cruise lines. On a lecture cruise trip to the Falkland Islands, he was inspired by its old English charm and wrote a children’s book, Ladies and Gentlemen: The Penguins! a spoof on the Beatles with a band of penguins becoming almost as famous as the Beatles.
To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the notorious Manson murders, in 2019, Ivor dug back into his notes and wrote the highly acclaimed, Amazon #1 New Release Manson Exposed: A Reporter’s 50-Year Journey into Madness and Murder.
All three of these were self-published—a memoir, a children’s book, and true crime. Along the way, Ivor learned a great deal about what works for book production and how to market books. Ivor will share the four top ideas that work for him and answer your questions and advise from his almost a decade of self-publishing success.
London-born Ivor Davis first came to America in the early sixties and was appointed West Coast correspondent for the London Daily Express in l963. His first big assignment came the following year: to hang out, travel with, and get to know the four members of a new pop group from Liverpool: the Beatles. He was the only British daily newspaper correspondent to cover the Fab Four’s first American tour from start to finish, given unparalleled access to John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Fifty years later, Davis wrote The Beatles and Me on Tour.
Over more than five decades as a writer for the Express and the Times of London, Ivor covered major events in North America. He penned a weekly entertainment column for the New York Times Syndicate for over fifteen years, interviewing some of the biggest names in show business, from Cary Grant to Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton to Tom Cruise and Muhammad Ali.
In l969 Davis co-wrote Five to Die, the first book ever published about the Sharon Tate—LaBianca murders and covered the trial for the Daily Express. Fifty years later he wrote Amazon #1 New Release MANSON EXPOSED: A Reporter’s 50-Year Journey into Madness and Murder. As a foreign correspondent, he traveled throughout the western hemisphere covering riots, floods, earthquakes and politics. As Editor-at- Large for Los Angeles Magazine, he and his late wife, Sally Ogle Davis, wrote over 100 major magazine and cover stories