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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Another Publishing House has asked for my Manuscript

You are not going to believe this – I’ve had a second publishing company asking for my Manuscript!

Below is the email I received thursday, as before I have removed the company’s name for fairness sake.

From: Submissions

Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2015 10:27 AM

To: xxxxxxxxxxx

Subject: Re: Echoes of a Storm | Alan Scott

Dear Alan,

Re: Echoes of a Storm

I am writing to thank you for your recent submission of work and for your patience in awaiting our response. We would like to invite you to submit your full manuscript for further consideration for our new lists. We can accept this work as an attachment to an email, preferably as a Microsoft Word file. Alternatively, you can send it via post as a hard copy or on a storage device, such as a USB stick or CD. If you decide to post your manuscript, then return postage, in the usual way, would be appreciated.

It must be stressed that this is not a commitment to publish. We have to consider every book’s literary merit and commercial viability.

Whilst every care will be taken with this work at all stages, you will appreciate that we cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage when in our possession. Please do ensure that you retain a copy of this work.

Kind regards,

xxxxxx xxxxxxxxx

Assistant Editor

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Two companies have called forward my Manuscript : ) I just cannot stop smiling : )

Alan

Dyslexic Writers

Because I have not posted for such a long while, I’m going to re post something from awhile back – Dyslexic and Proud.

The reason I’m reposting this is for the following four reasons:

a. if you read my blogs and think to yourself, for a writer his spelling and grammar is awful. That is because I am Dyslexic, and if its been a really bad day the results can be unintentionally very funny.

b. To reassure people that all my published work is fully proof read and checked by a lovely lady called Lisa W from Texas in the USA. Like all writers I take great pride in my work and I want readers to enjoy the storylines, plots and characters, and not be distracted by bad spelling or punctuation.

c. Yes you can laugh when you spot an amusing mistake – I do when its pointed out to me.

d. Finally Dyslexic is a reason, it is never ever an excuse.

Anyway on with the re posting.

Dyslexic and Proud

I am Dyslexic – I was diagnosed in 1985 ish

However, being Dyslexic has never really impacted on my writing, yes it’s a minor hurdle that needs to be overcome but it does not stop me thinking of plotlines, creating characters and telling (hopefully) interesting and entertaining stories.

I have successful written and self published a trilogy and a couple of books of short stories and have received many good reviews and a few bad ones : )

However, I have come across a very small group of people who think that being dyslexic, it’s impossible for me to write a story.

This small group of people got me thinking – “How many famous Writers are Dyslexic?” So I went to the British Dyslexic Website and discovered that the following people are Dyslexic:

Damon Albarn – Singer / Song writer

Gary Chapman – Film script writer

Agatha Christie – Writer

Steven J Connell – TV writer and author

Roald Dahl – Author

Albert Einstein – Scientist (I’m sure he must have written something )

Sophy Fisher – Journalist

Esther Freud – Novelist

Noel Gallagher – Singer / Song writer

John Irving – Author

Lynda La Plante – TV writer

John Lennon – Musician (he wrote songs hence I’m keeping him on my list)

Pablo Picasso – Artist (Ok not a writer but I am trying to make a point here – gently)

Matthew Sturgis – Journalist

Lord Willis – Author

William Butler Yeats – Poet

Murray Lachlan Young – Poet

Benjamin Zephaniah – Poet

For a Full list of famous people who are dyslexic, you can go to the British Dyslexic Website, the link is below

http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/about-dyslexia/famous-dyslexics.html

So to that small group of people who say that Dyslexics cannot possible write novels – “Read the above list and weep”

Dyslexic’s rule KO 🙂

Alan

A Year has passed. Blimey where has that gone?!

It was a year ago, when I started this blog to try and raise the profile of my self published books, and blimey hasn’t time flown by quickly, especially in the last five months, where real life overtook the writing of a fantasy one.

In that time frame – I’ve changed jobs, had seven kidney stones ( the seventh is still hiding away in my right kidney – the little blighter) been on holiday and enjoying a wonderful relationship with my girlfriend and her kids.

I think there is a direct correlation between being your relationship status and the amount of writing you can do : ) When your in a relationship suddenly Saturdays and Sunday afternoons are no longer available for writing, nor are most week day evenings. However, I have managed to still write and self publish my ninth book in Jan 15, which will be called “When a Kingdom Falls”

Whilst looking forward, I am also going to look back, to my first novel “Echoes of a Storm”  as I am still in awe of Saskia Schnells’ fantastic book cover. I still remember as it slowly revelled itself on the computer screen (I have a very slow connection) and thinking “Wow, that is perfect.”  I can’t wait to see what Saskia will produce for “A Kingdom Falls.” : )

All my work can be found on Amazon simply search for  “The Storm Series Alan Scott”

Alan

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One of my book is worth £4’452.50 apparently : )

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I was looking at Amazon UK and i spotted that my paperback “Tales of Solomon ace” is apparently worth £4’452.50 used on Amazon; see the picture above.

I just had to smile and shake my head – how do people come up with these prices lol. Its only £3.73 new in paperback and about £1.50 on Kindle.

Maybe one day it will be worth that for the right reasons : )

 

Alan

Ardo – His Story

This will contain spoilers, if you have not read the Storm Series trilogy.

On the 2nd July  I will be placing the short promo story, When Ardo Met Ozzy, on free promotion on Amazon and I thought it would be fun to look at the backstory of Ardo and how his character developed.

I originally created the character of Ardo for two reasons:  As the sidekick to Twever the Magnificent and as a way of Jane getting her revenge. I knew immediately that he was going to be invisible, have the morals of a two-year-old, be a four -legged beast of some sort, enjoy having his ears scratched, and be a lean, mean, killing machine.

We first meet Ardo in Echoes of a Storm as Twever’s sidekick. He has only a small, but important, part to play in the book; however, the template for his character is set – protecting the innocent.

Although Ardo is not in The Visit, from Tales of Solomon Pace. He is discussed at length, in the story we discover that Ardo is actually a Dev’ver (werewolf) called Death Claw, who is allegedly the most dangerous Dev’ver who has ever lived.

In the second book of the trilogy, Scions of the Storm, Ardo continues to be his normal self, and both he and Twever have a bigger role to play. However, it is no coincidence that, once again, Ardo becomes the protector of the innocent. It is he who saves Katrina when she is attacked by a gang. It is he who puts the cat and the children out of their misery after the Midnight Man has finished with them.

Towards the end of Scions of the Storm he and his best friend, Twever, charge into certain death to save Twever’s partner, a suitably dramatic ending for the pair… or was it?

It is in the final book that Ardo finally reveals who and what he is.

In A Dark and Hungry Storm, Rosie, a young girl with learning difficulties (I tried to write her as having mild Down’s Syndrome), has an invisible four-legged friend called Mr. Fluffy, who has the morals of a two year old and enjoys his ears being scratched!

Mr. Fluffy has broken and fragmented memories of his past which haunt him at night. As the war, which is sweeping the land, finally reaches the forest where Mr. Fluffy lives, it forces him to fight. During the fighting, Mr. Fluffy finally remembers who and what he is –  He is not a simple Dev’ver, instead he is the Ver known as Death Claw, aka Ardo.

If you have read the books, you will know that a Ver is the combination of all four Spirits (Earth, Fire, Water, and Air) placed into a single body. A Ver is extremely rare and it takes a very special kind of person to cope with having all four elements in them.

When Rosie’s village is attacked by Undead hordes, it is Death Claw that saves them, before taking Rosie away and planning his next move. Because he is the Ver, Death Claw (aka Ardo, aka Mr Fluffy) cannot interfere in the war directly, and we learn why he has hidden away from the world for so long.

During the last battle of the war, Death Claw broods about his inability to help his friend, Shadow Killer. His brooding turns into anger as he sees his friend dying on the battlefield. It is then that Rosie tells him to abandon his Death Claw personality and become Mr. Fluffy again. With a promise that he shall return when she needs him the most, Death Claw reverts to Ardo and goes to save his friend.

Eighty years later, Rosie is an old woman and dying. The hordes of hell are trying to claim her innocent soul so that they can devour it, when out of the blue, Death Claw comes and whisks her away to the highest and coldest peaks of the Granite Mountains, where Rosie dies whilst admiring the spectacular views.

Her spirit, in the shape of a little girl, rises from her body and talks with Death Claw. Their discussion is interrupted, as the demons and spirits once more try to claim Rosie soul. Death Claw directs Rosie to a cave mouth where he hands her over to a woman called Jane and her companions. He tells them both to flee into the cave.

The book and trilogy ends with a very masculine savage force of nature standing firm before the evils of the world to protect the innocent . This ending and the use of Ardo is very deliberate, as it encapsulates (to me) what the Storm Series is about.

Anyway, back to When Ardo Met Ozzy: this is just a light-hearted short story that pokes some fun at certain erotic novels and all wildlife programmes.

You can find the book by searching “The storm series Alan Scott” on Amazon

I hope you enjoy.

Alan

The character of Ardo can be found in the following books:

 

Echoes of a Storm

Scions of the Storm

A Dark and Hungry Storm

A Storm Filled Night – Jennifer, Nathanial, Twever, & Ardo Go On an Adventure

Tales of Solomon Pace – The Visit