My Independent Author Journey by Alan Scott Author of the Storm Series

Prelude
I was born and raised in the West Coast of Scotland. The small town I was brought up in was surrounded by mountains, lochs and was situated next to the sea.

Chapter one – The start
Since I was Dyslexic and it being the 80’s I was in the second lowest English class during my entire secondary education. Hence, I was more or less written off when it came to English as a Subject. Luckily this meant we mostly taken to the school Library and told to pick books to read quietly.

I was in heaven.

I got to read all the books I wanted to read, Fantasy, Sci fi, westerns, not the rubbish that those further up the pecking order had to read.

The only exception to this was To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee. I demolished this book in two sittings over the weekend. It opened by eyes to the fact that you can enjoy a book no matter what genre it falls in, as long as the writer cares about their characters.

Chapter Two – The Middle Bit
Left school at 16, joined the RAF aged 20, travelled the world, left RAF when I was 32, joined a local council. Read a lot

Chapter Three -The Writing Begins
When I had just turned 40, I kept on having this dream of a man walking away from a woman as the rain gently fell. He has a sad mocking smile on his face and she is crying. However, she is not crying for herself, she is crying for the man.

One day I picked up a pen and started write a story and for the first time since I was 14 started to write a story.

And that is basically how my first Fantasy novel “Echoes of a Storm” came into existence.

Chapter Four – Proof Readers are Worth their Weight in Gold
I then started a Facebook page for my book and that is how I meet the lady who would become my proof reader. One Ms Lisa W from Texas USA.

I am the first to admit that my early books, weren’t the best when it came to grammar etc (in my defence I did have people look over them) that all changed when Lisa volunteered to proof read my work, and what a wonderful job she does

If you are thinking about writing, trust me when I say this – A good proof reader that is willing to challenge you is worth their weight in gold.

Chapter Five –The Covers
I was originally designing my own covers. They weren’t that good. So, when my brother said he knew a German artist, who might do the covers for me. I jumped at the chance asking for her contact details.

Unknown to us at the time he gave me the wrong website and by mistake I contacted the wrong person.

That was a huge piece of luck as the lady I did contact, Saskia Schnell is a highly sought after talented artist, who has worked on many wonderful projects. She creates my covers because she likes the ideas behind my stories.

Chapter Six – The Future
I have now published 14 books on Amazon and are now looking to turn my ebooks into Audio Books, narrated by the extremely talented voice Actor Cari Scholtens from the USA.

Chapter Seven – Publicity
The hardest thing about self-publishing is getting your name and your books out there. You will never do anything as difficult as trying to publicise your work.

To that end, if you are a reader of any self-publishing authors work, then if you read one of their books please leave a review. Reviews are extremely important to self-publisher as it helps other readers decide whether or not to buy the book.

It’s a simple equation, the more honest reviews, the higher the chance of the book being bought.

Epilogue
I write because I enjoy doing it, and I hope people enjoy reading my stories and tales.
Enjoy your reading

Alan

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Falklands 1991

Falklands 1991

With the poppy appeal in full flow and armistice day fast approaching. It always reminds me of one night in the Falkland Islands in 1991.

I was a young man of 22 serving in the RAF, and was currently posted 8’000 miles from home in the Falkland Islands. I was living in a four man room, with 2 other RAF and a Paratrooper.

This one night, there was about 10 odd of us in the room drinking and watching Black adder goes forth on video. Although we were not suppose to have alcohol in the room , being caterers we had managed to get a few cans of beer in, and had a huge tea urn full of Vodka and Orange.

I should point out at this stage that we had just finished a five day exercise; we had been practising our roles in the event of the Falklands were invaded whist we were there.

So, if you can image it 10 odd men, 8000 miles from home, aged between 18 and 24 from the RAF, Army, Navy and the Para’s, in a 4 man room drinking, laughing, just of a 5 day exercise and watching Blackadder goes forth.

Then the laughter stopped and the mood changed as the final scene from Blackadder was played out.

For we all realised that we were far away from home, and what if what we had just been practicing became reality, then…

Please buy a Poppy this week.

Thank you

Alan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH3-Gt7mgyM

An update on the Manuscript request

I sent off the Manuscript for Echoes of a Storm to the publishing house yesterday and received the following email back.

(again for fairness reason’s I have blanked the name of the publishing house)

From: Editors xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2015 11:20 AM
To: Echoes198
Subject: RE: Full-Manuscript Request

Dear Mr Scott,

Thank you for sending the full manuscript of ‘Echoes of a Storm’ to xxxxxx editorial department.

This will now be evaluated by our senior editorial staff who will report back to our Chief Editor. We will then correspond with you regarding any publishing opportunities that may appertain. This could take between four to five weeks.

We will write to you again in due course.

Thank you for your patience.

Kind regards,

Editorial

xxxxxx Publishers

As always, I will keep you all up to date with developments

Alan

A Full Manuscript request for’ Echoes of a Storm’

A Full Manuscript request for’ Echoes of a Storm’

As you know I have been sending ‘Echoes’ out to various publishing houses and guess what? I’ve had a full manuscript request from the second company I sent it to : )

Obviously, I am grinning from ear to ear : ) but under all that excitement I am telling myself to calm down as there is a long, long way to go and the chance of rejection is still very high.

However, for tonight only I am just going to enjoy the fact that I got a Full Manuscript request. Below is the email and for fairness sake I have blanked the company name.

From: Editors xxxxxxx
Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2015 12:41 PM
Subject: Full-Manuscript Request

Thank you for sending us samples of your work.

I am pleased to inform you that after careful consideration XXXXXX editorial section would now like to view the full manuscript of your work.

Please send the full manuscript to us as an email attachment in Microsoft Word format to our email address: editors@xxxxxxxxxxxxx.com please send your full manuscript as a complete file as opposed to sending chapters individually.

Alternatively, you can send your manuscript to us in hardcopy, and preferably also on disk in Microsoft Word format. However, should you wish, you are welcome to send your work as a CD or USB without a hardcopy or as hardcopy without a CD or USB.

If you are going to submit by post please include an SAE should you wish your work to be returned to you at any stage.

Thank you for your patience during this process. We look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Yours sincerely,

Editorial.

As always I will keep you informed

Alan

PS still smiling.

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You can get my self published copy on Amazon just search “The Storm Series Alan Scott”

Have found this rather intresting WordPress site

I was having a look through the various sites on WordPress and I came across this rather interesting site

Its about the emerging methodologies that apply Enneagram Personality Theory to the task of facilitating healthy emotional development. Nechama especially enjoys supporting mental health professionals in their work with clients and patients who exhibit active resistance to change. Her blog https://nottheofficialenneagram.wordpress.com/ offers readers an opportunity to explore aspects of the Enneagram they find most relevant.

I must admit to always being fascinated  by this sort of thing. Anyway, if you fancy reading something that will engage your mind and brain. I strongly recommend having a look.

Alan