We have been publishing non-commercially since 1990, with experience in many forms of publishing, from traditional books, pamphlets, posters and advertising material to more modern, mainly electronic forms.
Now Wistman Publishing is forging a new experimental pathway, focusing on small runs of traditional, hard-copy publications sold securely online and posted free of charge, accompanied by digital versions, downloadable instantly.
Essentially, our task is to help writers, photographers, artists and others to self-publish with expert help, and to offer a way to sell online through us, where they can easily maintain control of their publication. This control, of course, is harder to manage with multinational Epublishers like Amazon and Apple.
We also plan to sell the publications of other small publishers, again in both hard copy and electronic form.
About Michel Dignand
Born in Plymouth, England, Michel joined the Royal Marine Commandos for 10 years, serving in Yemen, West Indies, South America and the USA. During the final four years he was the skipper for the Royal Marine's sail-training yacht 'Sea Soldier', teaching officers to sail and navigate.
He then spent time as Sailing Master on private yachts south coast of England, then several years as a commercial bee-keeper, then a forger of wooden antiques, then as a shipwright rebuilding a heritage sailing vessel!
A single father of three children, Michel married an Australian and came to Australia 1979, working first as manager of a work co-operative in Wagga Wagga, then building a house before working as a writer in Advertising,
He has worked across all media including production in radio, television and the press (Sydney Morning Herald freelance). He has also been a publicity officer for the Riverina Theatre Company.
After spending 18 years as publisher/editor for the Department of Agriculture in Wagga Wagga, Michel theoretically retired in 2010, and started writing full time.