I’m all over the place, like a bad suit, really…

A year ago I was sitting at home, minding my own business, not bothering anybody, doing a bit of business here and there, keeping the proverbial wolf from the door, you know the sort of thing, don’t you?…I’d written a novel three years prior to that and successfully failed to get any agent to touch it with a barge-pole… end of story, right? Wrong! Some malevolent soul introduced me to something I’d never heard of up till then, called Kindle. So now I understand that ALL you have to do to become a self publishing author is stick it on to Kindle, join a few social networking channels  and then JUST CHANGE YOUR WHOLE B#+&@*Y LIFE…Living in Abu Dhabi has made it even more essential to reach out on the web to make the touchy-feely stuff happen, and at my age ( I get my free Camel Pass this year ) this old dog had a whole new encyclopedia of stuff to learn. Some of you out there may remember a time nearly fifty years ago when a Mr Timothy Leary exhorted the world to Turn On, Tune In and Drop Out, Flower Power…fast forward to the present, and now  it’s …Turn On, Tune In, Connect with a Billion Followers, Apple Power… the era of handwritten notes to one’s correspondents sent with nice coloured stamps and drawings on the scented envelopes has been subsumed to an instant ‘build me a thousand followers, and I’ll take Manhattan, and all points East of Belgium’ philosophy…what to do? Ignore it? As a writer, new or established, I think it would be ignored at great peril…the smart money now seems to be pointing at letting the writing and authorship meld (I like that word, don’t you?) with a real business approach to the ‘getting your work out there and known’ amid the noise and clamour. Hence, ‘all over the place, like a bad suit’…Hark back to my previous missives on this … Connectivity is the big thing. Now, just because I’m a wonderful ( and very humble ) human being, I’m going to share with you just the start of a list of great people who’ve helped this fledging scribe in the past few months…you would do well to note and connect with them…for indies and others who wanna be immersed in the A-Z from the writing all the way out to the marketing and selling of their priceless masterpieces…Indies Authors’Advice Blogs to jump on: @Susan_Buchanan @Rachel_Abbott @eBookBuilders  : Indies Promotional Platforms ( some paid , some unpaid )  @squidpublishing @WiseGreyOwl  I know many of you will have others… may I suggest that recommending your own favourites and  sharing these with our fellow Laptop Tappers will be a boon to us all…Turn On, Tune In, Word-of-Web Power… oh, now my brain hurts with all that thinking.. I’ll have to go lie down for a bit…where’s that  aspirin, nurse…?

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21 responses to “I’m all over the place, like a bad suit, really…

  1. Susan Buchanan

    ha ha ha. In one phrase, you have summed it up beautifully ‘change your whole bleeping life’. I used to have friends.,,,,real ones that I saw…physical human beings. Now they have to schedule time with me. And I wholeheartedly agree that we writers need to help each other as much as possible. We all know different things. And thanks for all your help Seumas. Don’t look at your fellow writers as the competition, but as people to help & who can help you. Great post as ever, Mr Dinosaur! Sooz

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  2. Wonderfully put, as ever, Seumas! And I agree with Sooz above, too. Keep up the good work – and the lovely sense of humour 🙂

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  3. Ah, I miss scented envelopes…fabulous post. Think you definitely have a gift for putting into words what a lot of folk in this fabulous (but rather confusing and quite lonely) cyber community are feeling. Enjoy the Camel Pass but keep the blog posts and novels coming!

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  4. Ashley, it’s a joy having friends like yourself on here…All i do is just try to tell it like it is, but trying not to get on a soapbox about it all ( nobody likes a whiner, eh ? ) … It goes like any new toys ( which is how I regard all of this internet stuff)… there’s a lot of ‘feel it out as you go along’…there’s no set rights or wrongs to any of it… if it works don’t fix it,,, if it’s broke, do it another way… simple really for my addled brain.., BTW, Kammy the Kamel says hi,… :):):)

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    • Awww, bless! Hello there, Kammy. Bout ye! 😀 Got my knuckles rapped early on for not ‘doing things correctly’ but have since learned that, as you say, there are no set rights and wrongs, you just have to keep going (and keep making mistakes!). With luck you’ll meet supportive, enthusiastic and generous like-minded folk *points around Twitter stream* to share the experience and have a giggle with! Keep ‘er lit, Seumas. 🙂

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  5. Right wi’ ye lass… :):)

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  6. Michael

    More like a rash of bad suits, to mix me similes. And more power to you. You’ve shown that the tired approach by the establishment publishing world is about as effective in capturing writing talent as a colander is for catching rainwater. What you’ve also shown (and inspired) is that the literary-agents sorority/fraternity can be safely shunned. It’s a blessing that this “profession” only emerged in the late 19th century. Had it come earlier, its unlikely our literary heritage would be as rich as it is.

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  7. Michael,, many thanks for your commentary, the usual pearls that I would expect from you, hope I’m not too much of the swine before which you are casting them !. Have a great week …

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  8. You might have been talking about me with the Timothy Leary reference. My wife and I were a minute and an inch away from painting flowers on My Hillman Minx sedan and pointing it and us in the direction of San Fran. The inch and minute were interrupted, almost coitally, by a job most likely, or some other such nonsense. Our lives were redirected — once the children came — to a netherlife of Insurance sales for me and PTA memberships for both of us … and, some might say, a last ditch stand for fame (projecting some 40 years futureward) with the Kindle publication and all the concomitant social palaver you spoke of. My God, to think I could sum up 50 years in one bloated sentence.

    Thanks for the memories, Seumas — and for a superb blog.

    Jay

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  9. Hi Jay,, I’m lovin’ your series on the Septuagenarian Journey BTW..talking about memories.. sheeesh,, if we could bottle these and sell ’em , that’d be worth a few bucks right there .. Have a great week my friend..

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  10. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this! Full of humor and wit. And thank you very much for coming by my blog for a recent visit 🙂

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  11. Hi sheila,, Thanks for the comment.. just came away from your blog after reading the superb poetry .. I’ll be looking out for yours now, too.. Cheers ,, Have a great week ./. :):)

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  12. Hi Seumas,
    I enjoyed your blog post and the mention of the ‘camel pass’ made me laugh aloud.

    Might I add that the front cover of The Violin Man’s Legacy is excellent and definitely one of the best I’ve come across thus far.

    Guy

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  13. Hi Guy, Thanks for the comment.. Just had a peek at your blog.. impressive alliteration there, that man! Have a great day ;; look forward to following your excellent posts ( I must be the ONLY person in the world who’s never actually heard anything by Master Beiber.. must be the distance to Abu Dhabi, I suppose .. “”)”)

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    • Hi Guy. Thanks for the comment..Just had a peek at your blog.. Impressive alliteration there, that man! have a great day. Looking forward to following your excellent posts ( I must be the ONLY person in the world who’s never actually heard anything by Master Beiber… must be the distance to Abu Dhabi I suppose… :):) BTW this is a repeat reply because I’m not sure if the first one is a comment or a reply itself .. Proving just how bluudy Jurassic I really am..! Cheers

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  14. Just tuned into your blog for the first time, Seamus. Thanks for this entertaining and informative post, made even better by the fact that you look braw in that kilt! Being new to this business, we need all the guidance we can get. And … what the %^$& are you doing in Abu Dhabi??

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    • Still trying to figure out the difference between me leaving a reply and posting comment so at the risk of duplication,This ol’ Jurassic’ll repeat the stuff above:

      Hi, good to know you…Glad you liked the post…were you able to catch any of the earlier ones? They all kinda lead into the same vein,,,trying to make sense of this self-publishing new indie author stuff? The kilt is my accessory for my primary line of income, standing in for Sean Connery at new McDonald’s and Mothercare store openings …I came to Abu Dhabi 8 years ago, brought out of retirement for the third time (gotta find more to do than the Telegraph Crossword) and stayed around ever since…have a great week…cheers :):)

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    • ..also have just clicked to follow your twitter ( got you marked under favorite ‘author family’ in order to see your tweets amidst all the noise on here ), and got your own blog tagged as well.. let’s get it on, Chicago …!!!

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  15. Hi, good to know you… Glad you liked the post.. were you able to catch any of the earlier ones,?, they all kinda lead into the same vein..trying to make sense of this self-publishing new indie author stuff? The kilt is my accessory for my primary line of income, standing in for Sean Connery at New McDonald’s and Mothercare openings…I came to Abu Dhabi 8 years ago, brought out f retirement for the third time ( gotta find more to do than the Telegraph Crossword) and stayed around ever since…have a great week .. cheers :):)

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