Safe Place

 

Greetings!

If you landed here from Twitter; thanks so much for following the link.

As a writer, we often don’t have all the answers for marketing our products.  One of them that I will share now with you is the successful use of Social media.  Many have created a business out of retweeting your books for money.  If a robot re-tweets your book, who is going to see it?

The bottom line is you have no idea.  People follow you when you have something interesting to say.  I don’t follow robots, do you?

As far as the blog is concerned, I do go out of my way to have something on here for you to read and consume.

Marketing is important if you want to show folks what you have been working on, so at least they can take a peek and see if it might make a nice weekend read.  This blog is not for pecuniary interests per say, but it does, however, sell books for me.

If you are an author or writer, I would love for you to follow me and by all means, stop by and say hello.  I try to take the time to visit your blogs as time permits.  Not a young person who is looking to hook up nor am I an old person looking for some encounter of the dissolute kind.  Just a writer and author, looking for like minds to share ideas with.  A safe space if you will.

I realize that the words SAFE Space has received a negative connotation.  I can assure you that is not the case here.  I love a healthy debate, and I will challenge you if you are like me and don’t want smoke blown up your bottom.  “I can handle the truth.”  Can you?

The simple truth is, to be better at what we are doing we must accept the truth or forever languish in mediocracy.

If you want to help me and don’t want to spend money, go and read my stuff on Amazon Kindle Unlimited and tell me what you think.  If you have an account here as most serious writers do, it cost you nothing, and you will be entertained.

I have 25 Novels selling around the world and am working on #26.  The story is unfolding, and I am taking notes.  This story, unlike past stories, has a plot unfolding during the day and night, and I make notes of them.  I have yet to write more than two chapters, but I already know how the story starts and what the issues will be.  This story will be developed, unlike anything that I have done in the past.  Wish me luck!

Follow me here on this blog, and by all means, let’s connect.  Tell me what you are up to.

 

On Twitter, you can follow me @authortwscott or @twscott823.com.

My website which already needs more work is www.authortwscott.com

If you know of an agent that is not too proud to take on an independent author, send he or she my way would you?  I would love to leave the marketing to the experts, and just write stories.

 

Much Love!  TW

Dragon Master and the Witch

Yeah!  It is finished!

This story took longer than anticipated.  Six weeks give or take with several edits to get it right.

A week of that time I was traveling so, I guess 5 weeks to write a book.  I like to wrap one up in a month.

During the late 1200’s Blaise, the Dragon master is banished to the top of Mount Sherman by the Queen for a disagreement that the Queen and his father got into.

Blaise took the time to train his dragons and learn from his father.  After his father dies, Blaise becomes the Dragon Master.

Sarah and Blaise were set to be married until the falling out.  She would often sneak out of the castle to meet up with Blaise until one day she was captured by another who sought to control the dragons.

Removing her from the dark ages of England to 2017 in the United States, Sarah hardly fit in.  Unaware of where she was or what the place was famous for, the portal through which they traveled had its own plan, taking them near Salem Massachusetts.

Blake, the Son of the evil sorcerer, was in love with the Queen ’s other daughter; Katherine. When Blakes mother died suddenly, Zolof placed the blame on the villagers.  The anger that ensued was all that Zolof needed to turn the heart of his son dark; thus controlling him to do his bidding with a spell.

While Sarah attempts to put together a Coven of 13 in 2017, Zolof needs to lure Blaise through the portal where his powers would be useless allowing Zolof the opportunity to kill him.  Once Blaise dies, Zolof would inherit the loyalty of the dragons giving him all the power he would need to bring the world to its knees.

What we have here is a love story in the classic sense.  We have a fairy tale where my sense of humor and wit come through in my characters.

The artwork is a combination of a painting I did years ago and some digital art to make a rather impressive cover.

This is my 25th Novel, and I believe a milestone.

Currently, my work is selling around the globe on more servers than I can count.  I have to trust that I am being paid for my work but truthfully, I have seen my works pirated on sites that I do not even have a clue of what the language is.  If it is good enough to pirate, I guess I should take it as a compliment.

Amazon should release this book in a day or so.  I published it on Smashwords too.  Smashwords, while a pain to publish on, does send it to many different sites including B&N, Apple, and too many others to mention.

Once a month I get royalties from them via PayPal, so there are good things about them as well.

The link for Smashwords I will put here, so you can get your copy and tell me what you think!

We, independent Authors, appreciate you the readers of our work.

We don’t have multi-million dollar publishing companies hyping our Books.  We, the independent must write it, edit it, create the art work and market it! To get it in your hands, Amazon and other companies like them provide a website to sell it on and take as much, if not more than an agent would charge.

Agents provide the technical services as well as the marketing! Agents hire editors who not only look for typos but know how to guide the author in ways that would make the story more palatable.

Dangling participles aside, a good editor is hard to find.  Many on Twitter will offer their services, but I must tell you the truth of this.  An independent writer cannot afford $10 a page.

The hard truth is that most “independent writers” will think their work is great and be willing to spend the money betting on the ROI. The facts are that few will make over $10 in royalties in their first year.  If that hurts, I am truly sorry but it is the bitter truth.  Don’t write for pecuniary interests. Don’t play the lottery for a retirement strategy. Keep your day job!

Another service people offer is cover art design.

And still another is marketing, and the list goes on.

The only folks who make money in this business are those who provide some sort of service, with no guarantees.

That is why readers like yourself are so important for the independent author.

Folks, we need you!  I support independent authors, and I know most of you do as well.

With 25 novels selling around the globe, one day you will be able to say, “you knew me when!”

“Yes, I have made much more than $10…”  The truth of it is that I would do it all over again if I were to only make $10.  I love what I write so at the very least, there are 25 novels out there with the Brand TWScott that people are enjoying. That means something.

You can contact me here, or on my website at www.authortwscott.com.

Follow me on Twitter @authortwscott or @twscott823

Buy my books.  Not one of them cost more than a cup of fancy coffee!

Many are on Amazon Kindle Unlimited so you can read them for free!

Those that have read my novels to date; tell me that they like them; so I am on to something. Some of the feedback on Cyber Subs had me go back and change much of it.

I am always looking for an idea for the next novel.

I wrote a story about a couple of young ladies who do web cam shows for money.  Tonight on the news I learned about a young mother who poses nude on Instagram making about $5K a month.  If you like a little titillation, read that book called Cyber Subs!

The interesting thing about this woman is she is no model.  She is a mother and married to someone in the military who takes the photos of her.  One of my themes in many of my books is about loving who you are.  I would not mind interviewing her as I think that might make a story too.

Thanks for the purchases of my books!

Thanks for the follows and retweets!

If you are an agent or know of one that is not too proud to support an independent author such as myself; I could use the help!

I am a writer; that is what I do.

Marketing, I would rather leave to the professionals.

I spent years working in an advertising agency, and I would still rather write, than market.

Much Love -TW

Tipping Point

How do you get something for nothing?

Tipping Point

How do you get something for nothing?

As a person who understands physics, I can tell you that you don’t!

To obtain energy; fuel of some sort must be spent.

Targeting the moon with a laser for Nasa is an easy feat.  When you want to measure the distance from the earth to the moon you bounce a laser off a mirror placed on the moon, calculate the amount of time it takes to return and Viola!  You know the distance from the earth to the moon.

When Nasa could not hit the target, a red flag went off around the world.

Samantha, a genius in her own right, ask the question, “how do you get something for nothing?”

With tens of thousands of windmills extracting energy from the wind, she asked the question, could these be slowing down the earth causing the weather patterns to shift?”

Believe it or not, this is a romance!

Yes, it is an enjoyable Sci-Fi adventure of the likes you might see on the SCI-FI channel right after Sharknado, but it is that kind of story.  Many of my readers have mentioned that the SCI-FI channel should make a movie out of it.

If it ever happens maybe I will get to write the script!

I have been thinking about writing a screenplay to see if it improves my writing, has any of you done that?   With a screenplay, you have to think of every detail, which I think might improve one’s writing.

Someone told me that there is software designed for that purpose.

Anyway, Tipping Point is a fun lunchtime read on Kindle Unlimited, or you can support yours truly by actually spending a couple of bucks.  Think about it, for half a cup of coffee you can be entertained.

Tipping Point is a young adult kind of book with a tiny bit of implied naughtiness.  A tame version of my usual reads.

Follow me here on WordPress or Twitter @authortwscott or @twscott823

Check out my website www.authortwscott.com

Much Love- TW

Saga of the Starduster

Skinny Dipping on an alien world was probably not their best idea.

Skinny Dipping on an alien world was probably not their best idea.  A planet supposedly devoid of sentient life left the crew wondering if their definition of sentient should be revisited.

Hijacked from the International Space Station, Don finds himself the “guest” of a race of beings who patrol the galaxies looking to maintain some modicum of law and order.  Shot at as they came nearby the Earth’s moon, the captain wants to know who shot at him, and why?

Discovering the Space station, he decides to bring it inside one of their cargo bays.

Don, a willing participant, goes on board.  During the initial medical examination, their doctor learns of cancer inside Don’s lung.  Creating a virus to attack the cancerous tumor; things go badly as she had never treated humans.

Uploading his conscious to one of their computers, their team works feverishly to save his failing body. Don learns all about them in their virtual reality computer.  Their doctor attaches her mind to his via this machine, to learn that Don had a beautiful mind and spirit.

Emotions were abandoned in their culture, but she was allowed to experience them.  For the first time in her long life, falling in love and experience what love was, the story will have you laughing, loving and crying as the two races meld; finding common ground.

Not to worry, there are no sad endings, but this ending is a surprise that you might not see coming!

Those of you who have read it, loves it.  Readers are what keep authors like me going. Thanks so much!

Thanks for following me here on the blog, on my website at WWW.authortwscott.com and of course Twitter @authortwscott or @TWSCOTT823.

As always contact me here or on the website contact page.  If you are an author and would like to swap links on your website, I believe in helping others as I have been assisted.

Authors are not in competition with one another.  My style is not yours, nor yours mine.

The saga of the Starduster is a novel that will have you turning pages!

Much Love -TW

The Ubiquitous Query Letter

I talk with a lot of writers and want-to-be-authors.

Too many of them think that writing a book is their ticket to financial security.

Not so fast….

“But ELJames wrote that book and is famous!”

“Eljames was the first to break the rules, push your comfort zone, and bring BDSM into your living room, so to speak.”

When there is a new “sensation,” I look at it very analytically.  I try to determine why?  What is it about this “thing” that has people willing to spend real money? What is causing all of the excitement?

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The Kiss a story of love and Passion

After 50 shades, like many out there, as an experiment; I wrote a rather naughty tale about two college roommates.  These girls are from a little farming community in Iowa.  When Denise discovers that she has “feelings” for Trisha it disturbs her.  Fleeing small-town Iowa for a larger city leaves Trisha to deal with the loss of her mother, small town BS and of course, her best friend being hundreds of miles away.

The Kiss is an introduction to these two characters that if you read the novel as many have, you will no doubt fall in love with them.

After years of trying to make a go of it in Iowa Trisha decides to take her meager savings and visit with Denise in Phoenix.  Denise is making ends meet on her own.  Trisha wants to know how.

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This is my first slightly naughty novel, top downloaded book thus far.

http://www.authortwscott.com/Denise.html

Denise and Trisha’s Adventure pushes the limits of morality much as ELJames did in her novel.  Instead of a disturbed man dominating some innocent young lady, I put some new twist on it.

Trisha discovers that her friend has been making money by modeling nude on camera for anyone willing to pay for it.  Along with the modeling, she allows them to give her directions as to what to do or what actions to take for them.  Some of these instructions are right up there with extreme deviant behavior, but who is judging? Certainly not me!

When the Consortium discovers the two playing on camera, they hatch a plan to market these two ladies to their wealthy clients who happen to be somewhat depraved.  Utilizing the web and all of its remote control glory, they invent this machine that is a remotely controllable DOM, complete with endoscopic cameras in strange places.

I believe in happy endings, so it all ends well but there are many twists and turns on the road to the Epilogue, and I promise you will be entertained.

Too many to count have been entertained thus far.  This novel gets over 2500 hits a day!  The Kiss, a free download, is my number one download on Smashwords alone.

The experiment was to see if people would be as enamored with this, as they were with 50 shades.

The Query letters that I wrote trying to “sell” it to agents were a brutal process.

Firstly one must research which agency is looking for material that is LGBT friendly and has some BDSM in it.  Who wants to read about two girls spanking one another for someone on the internet who watches them from anywhere in the world?  Can they sell it?

It is selling well, so maybe.

Receiving many rejection letters after countless months of waiting, I stopped trying.  Self-publishing the manuscript on Smashwords and then Amazon has told me the tale.  I don’t even market that book.  It was an experiment to see what people wanted to read.  That book still tops the charts for downloads and page hits.

  • Writing a query letter takes four hours if you do it right.
  • Who is interested in your work?
  • What are they looking for, exactly
  • What must the synopsis sound like to them?
  • How many pages or chapters do they want?
  • How do they want it?
  • What must the pitch look like?
  • What unique things is this agent seeking?
  • What things will get your query tossed?
  • I just learned that self-publishing might disqualify you.
  • Is published in magazines a disqualifier?
  • Is self-marketing a disqualifier?

And my favorite, “if you never hear from us, consider it a pass!”  FFS! are you kidding me?  I spend four hours of my life trying to get past your intern to have someone with a brain look at my work, and this is the best you got?

I don’t query agents like that.  It is their loss!

I think two weeks is a fair amount of time to at least send a boilerplate “no thank you best of luck yadda yadda.”

Frankly, I am a little more confused than ever from a recent discourse with an agent.

Them “I don’t take work from authors who have already published it.”

Me “No, this novel that I am pitching is not yet published anywhere.”

Them “I am confused I read on your query that you are published.”

Me “I have work published that sells all over the world, this novel, however, is not yet published.”

Them “So, you are published, I don’t accept published works… Have a great day..”

Sorry, I am at a loss.  Does this mean that if I ever self-market any of my own work that you as an agent will never be interested in anything that I ever write because I am already selling stuff, have brand recognition, and followers?

I didn’t send that last question as my forehead was beginning to become flattened against my palm.   Is it just me or does this text seem nonsensical to anyone else?

I don’t know about you as an Author, but I am rather picky.  I want an agent with little more on the ball than some intern who could be their twelve-year-old looking to make a few bucks from mum!

I look for agents who have a history of placing the kinds of material that I am writing. I go so far as to read the nature of things that they publish and who that they have published.  I will then know if I am in the ballpark.  I don’t want my time wasted; nor do I wish to waste theirs.

This blog is about allowing you to get to know me and my brand.  One of my author friends suggested it.  Truthfully she was right, I would much rather create realms with dragons or even vampires! Spending my precious time trying to get some agent to look at my stuff for more than 1.5 milliseconds through some meticulously crafted Query letters seems like a waste of time.

Follow me, tell your friends, your mum, your cousins and even your enemies!  LOL

Seriously, I think that a network of authors is a good thing.  Let’s connect here, or on my website or twitter!

If you are an agent with a proven track record please contact me!  If you don’t see what you are looking for on my website tell me what kinds of things you are looking for. Currently, I write to please myself.  Pick a topic and give me a month.  I will accept the challenge.

Check out www.authortwscott.com

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@twscott823

Much Love -TW