Bill Malins DFC

Retired Wing Commander Bill Malins was 23 when he joined the RAF in 1938. In 1940 he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, following a daring reconnaissance mission in Belgium. And he was one of the first officers to set foot on Sicilian soil when the Allies invaded in 1943. At the closing stages of the war, Mr Malins was there when Allied troops crossed the Rhine in 1945. His squadron was one of the first inside the gates of Belsen, Germany, where its concentration camp was liberated. In his 2010 memoirs, Coming In To Land, he wrote: "It justified every single day that I had spent fighting in the war." He visited the prison where SS and Gestapo guards were held, and met Irma Grese, dubbed the "Blonde Beast of Belsen". He retired from service in 1952 and went back to the family farm, Lords Farm, off Lords Lane, Bicester, expanding it from production of 40,000 litres of milk a year to two million today. RIP, Bill.
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Phone Call Alert! 

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Due to the COVID-19 onslaught, we currently cannot take incoming phone calls.  

 

A notification about phone calls:  due to the COVID-19 plague, we've significantly increased our incoming inquiries--nearly double our usual volume--and the number of incoming inquiries by phone has been literally overwhelming.  Although most writers will say that their call "will only take 15 minutes," the truth is, that after 10 years of doing this, most author inquiry calls take an hour.  45 minutes at best. I'm currently receiving 7-10 calls/day, and due to that, I've had to stop accepting incoming phone calls, which my voicemail will tell you. You can leave a message--I can't call you back without one--and if a call is needed, I will of course call you.  But we have very complete and extensive email replies, handouts and our website is very informative. Almost all the questions that I receive during a call are actually already answered on our site, or are, in fact, publishing questions, not questions about our services, what we do, what we offer, or the like.  I already handle between 90-130 emails/day, as it is. I can't handle that many emails and take 7-10 hours of calls each day. I can't. So, in order to be able to answer this huge email volume, to help the greatest number of people, with my time, I've had to stop accepting calls.  I'm sorry, but that's just how it is. I'm in the process of setting up a call-appointment function, for free 15-minute calls to answer questions from new prospective customers and longer paid sessions for folks who generally want consulting on "publishing," generally (and for prospective kids' book publishers, as a special category of paid consulting).  But that functionality isn't yet set up. I hope to get that working the 3rd week of July, sometime.  

Thank you for your understanding.