Matt Gemmell

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My book Raw Materials is out now!

A collection of personal essays, with exclusive content and author's notes.

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Ten years

Today marks a decade since I started writing here at I’d like to thank you for reading my words throughout the years.

Anthologies in Scrivener

I recently published an anthology of some of my most popular personal essays. It’s called Raw Materials, and I’m pleased that it’s garnered many positive reviews.

I used Scrivener to assemble the anthology, and I’d like to talk briefly about that process, and how I went about adding a few finishing touches.

Raw Materials is free today on Kindle

My anthology of personal essays, Raw Materials, is free today (Thursday 28th August) on the Kindle Store. This is a one-day promotion, so be sure to grab a copy unless you desperately want to pay for it later. It’s on:

Leaving a review on Amazon would be hugely helpful, if you enjoy the book. Those reviews influence eligibility for Amazon’s various recommendations systems, popularity lists and so forth - so your reviews make a big difference, and help me reach new readers.

I hope you’ll enjoy the book. As ever, feel free to get in touch with any thoughts.

Raw Materials: Collected Essays

I’m excited to announce that I’ve compiled an anthology of some of my most popular personal essays, and made them available as an e-book.

The collection is entitled Raw Materials, and includes revised and updated versions of each piece, with new author’s notes after each one, plus an exclusive extra essay written especially for the collection.

It’s around 90 - 100 pages long, and you can read it either on a Kindle device, or in the free Kindle app on your Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad or other device. I do hope that you’ll take a look.

Raw Materials is now available on the Kindle Store, and also on and your own local Kindle Store.

I put this anthology together in thanks for your readership over the years. These pieces are the ones that have consistently generated the most moving email and personal feedback. As I mention in the foreword, I think that sharing our own difficult stories has the greatest potential to unite us.

There’s something you can do to help me, too: if you enjoy the pieces, please write a review on Amazon. Those reviews are the lifeblood of Kindle books, and promote visibility for the author. This isn’t a money-making venture for me, but rather a lead-in to publishing my first novel later this year, and fully embarking on my new career.

If you’ve found relevance or enjoyment from my words over the years, this would be a meaningful way to let me know. I hope you’ll enjoy the book.

Raw Materials: Collected Essays

Once again, Raw Materials is available on the Kindle Store, and also on or your own local Kindle Store.

Thanks for reading.