Welcome to nickpeers.com
I am a freelance writer, editor and sub with almost 20 years experience, eight of which were spent learning my trade at Future Publishing.
To date I've written for well over 50 publications, websites and corporate clients worldwide, and this site provides a chronicle of my past and present work.
Advent Computers: lead writer and commissioning editor for Advent Computers website.
Apple Bookazines: regular tutorial writer.
Blues News: regular contributor to Birmingham City's official match-day programme.
MacFormat: semi-regular tutorial and reviews contributor.
Your Family Tree: software and websites reviews, occasional projects, news and short features.
Sandstrøm: technology contributor to Sandstrøm's blog.
Softwarecrew.com: writer of news, quick tips, software download reviews and occasional tips features.
Windows 7 Help & Advice: regular tutorial and features writer.
- Google Maps for iOS gains jetset-friendly new features, new Android release offers commuter updates December 12, 2013
- Twitter updates iOS and Android apps with new design, support for photo DMs December 11, 2013
- Firefox 26 FINAL released, makes plugins more secure December 10, 2013
- Stream, download and securely share media with your friends thanks to Streamnation December 9, 2013
- Avira Free Android Security 3.0 released, sports redesign and tweaked features December 6, 2013
December is set to continue the recent trend of busy months for yours truly. I’ve submitted the first of two pieces I’m contributing to the official Advent Computers website this month, a piece on resolving annoyances with Windows 8. The second piece, due later this week, covers fixing power-related problems with Advent laptops.
I’ve been commissioned for five new tutorials, plus an update of an existing tutorial for the forthcoming Future bookazine on cloud computing – details when they’re published. I’m also writing a couple of tips guides for an upcoming iPad Tips, Tricks & Hacks Bookazine for Imagine Publishing.
I’ve been commissioned to write a four-page guide for issue 93 of Windows 7 Help & Advice in addition to my regular Support Squad column and have also been commissioned for two video-editing guides for Mac and iOS for another unnamed Future bookazine, both of which will be due just before Christmas.
Finally, I have a review of Heredis 2014 to complete for Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine and will be contributing a four-page crowdsourcing feature to the magazine in early January.
All of this work is in addition to my regular gigs, which include a page of software reviews for Your Family Tree and regular updates to the Softwarecrew.com website, which are syndicated worldwide.
The current Christmas issue of Future’s popular PC magazine is now on-sale, and features the first of my new regular Support Squad commissions answering reader Q&As. It also includes a three-page guide on partitioning your hard drive to keep data separate from Windows. Please click here for more details and to order.
iPad User Magazine is Future’s digital-only magazine for all iPad users, and is available through the App Store. Issue 5 was published back in October, but features no less than six two-page tutorials from yours truly: guides to scanning on the move, better layouts in Pages, aggregating news using Feedly, remotely administering social networks using Buffer, recording meetings with Recordium and creating a photo journal all feature in this issue. To download the app free (individual issues, including issue 5, cost £2.99), please click here.
The latest issue of the UK’s best-selling family history magazine features my two-page step-by-step guide to mapping your family tree in fine detail. I was pleased as punch to receive a lovely email from a reader who described the article as “excellent”, providing a “real focus” and “totally worth it” having spent two days bringing his family’s places database into order following the advice in the article. For more details and to order this issue, please click here.
My guide on how to remove stale odours from your kitchen using a cooker hood has just been published on the Sandstrøm website – please click here to view it.
The current issue of Future’s best-selling Mac magazine is now available, and features my tutorial on keep folders in sync across multiple Macs, iOS devices and PCs using the free BitTorrent Sync tool. Click here for more details and to order.
This month I’ve been commissioned (and have already submitted) work from a variety of sources. Aside from my regular Support Squad column for Windows 7 Help & Advice Magazine, I’ve been commissioned for four tutorials spread over two issues (91 and 92) – the first set have been submitted, and the second set are due at the end of the month. Details on publication.
I’ve also been commissioned for two tutorials for an upcoming Future Apple bookazine for the iPad – again, deadline end of the month – and will also hopefully be contributing to a cloud-based bookazine early next month, more details when or if it happens.
I’ve done some corporate work for GGMR under the terms of an NDA, and have a tutorial and video slideshow guide for the Advent Computing website to complete this week too. Finally I submitted two tech pieces for the Sandstrom website, both of which have now been published.
My guide on how to improve your TV picture using its built-in controls has just been published on the Sandstrøm website – please click here to view it.
I’ve also been commissioned for another technology piece, deadline end of this week, which should appear in the second half of the month. Details when it’s published.
This bookazine from Future has recently been published, and features three of my tutorials: a guide to creating greetings cards using the free TouchNote app, a tutorial on using iPhoto’s new Photo Journal feature and finally a look at sharing your photos via social media, including Flickr, Facebook and Twitter. Please click here for details and to order.