David Bullock: 2008-2018-A NewSpace Primer

NewSpace Primer

NewSpace Primer

David M. Bullock
Page Publishing, Inc., December 11, 2019, $13.99
ISBN-10: 1684562309; ISBN-13: 978-1684562305

David M. Bullock (NASW member), art by Ronaldo Florendo
Self-Published, July 24, 2019, $12.99
ISBN-10: 0578537273; ISBN-13: 978-0578537276

Bullock reports:

A veteran space writer, I’ve worked for the media relations department for the University of North Dakota and produced the first digital magazine on space exploration, Space Lifestyle Magazine.

I currently work as an analyst and sales representative for the online business intelligence company NewSpace Global. When NewSpace Global went into a brief period of hibernation two years ago, I decided to write my first book.

Up in Space

Up in Space

I interviewed 13 space professionals from all over the industry, including Maria-Vittoria Giugi Carminati, a space lawyer, and Sean Casey, director of Silicon Valley Space Center. The professionals provided information on business, engineering, and law, such as the movement from space being covered solely by international law to include local, state and federal law, and the rise of private business from a handful of companies to over 700 companies globally.

David Bullock

David Bullock

I wrote the book in a magazine style format, using a conversational style to target a popular audience. I don’t include footnotes or a bibliography, but I do provide an index. I used an independent publisher, Page Publishing, Inc. as its editorial and creative services cost less than hiring freelancers to do similar work. Looking back, I wish the publishing process didn’t have to take over a year. Also, one of the things I learned is you really need to have a good editor, someone you can trust.

Because the publishing process took time, I also decided to write a children’s book, What Is Up In Space?, covering topics such as the Moon, the planets, man-made satellites, and space junk. I hired an illustrator and finished this book in three months. Like my mentor and former employer, Shirley Graves, a children’s book author, I used IngramSpark to self-publish.

Writing both space books was a labor of love. I enjoy the topic I have worked with all my time as a professional and hope that I can increase public interest in this important topic.

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May. 13, 2020

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