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My Heart, Laid Bare (Poems) ANNOUCEMENT

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So it’s official, my book My Heart, Laid Bare (Poems) is available to pre-order from Amazon. The price is £2.99 and the book will be released on the 20 February.

Clicking on the link above will direct to the UK site. The book is available at all Amazon sites using the ASIN B01N5UV5PG.

The book is FREE via Kindle Unlimited and Prime.

The paperback will follow soon via CreateSpace. I am awaiting to recieve my proof copies for approval. I habe chosen not to go with Lulu because I heard their professional services are offered by Author Solutions and everything I’ve heard suggest they are a dodgy bunch of b*******.

I have set up a FaceBook Author Page.

I have a Good Reads Author page as well.

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A Feast of Scraps (Poems & Stories) ANNOUNCEMENT

coverSo it’s official, my first book A Feast of Scraps (Poems & Stories) is available to pre-order from Amazon. The price is £1.99 and the book will be released on the 20 February.

Clicking on the link above will direct to the UK site. The book is available at all Amazon sites using the ASIN B01N5WWX2C.

The book is FREE via Kindle Unlimited and Prime.

The paperback will follow soon via CreateSpace. I am awaiting to recieve my proof copies for approval. I habe chosen not to go with Lulu because I heard their professional services are offered by Author Solutions and everything I’ve heard suggest they are a dodgy bunch of b*******.

I have set up a FaceBook Author Page.

I have a Good Reads Author page as well.

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My Heart, Laid Bare (Poems)

coverI finished the final proof-read of my soon-to-be-published poetry collection, My Heart, Laid Bare (Poems).

The image on the left is the final cover art.

I added the comma after My Heart because it felt like the right thing to do.

This is the longest of my poetry collections at 175.

The poems are autobiographical, written over a period of several years and deal with:

  • Coming out as a lesbian
  • First steps on the gay scene in Glasgow
  • First sexual experiences
  • First relationship
  • First break-up
  • Second relationship
  • Second break-up

Some of them have been published in magazines and anthologies.

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The Sinner’s Song Volume 1 Lust

coverI completed the final proof-read of my story collection, The Sinner’s Song Volume 1 Lust.

This will be published on the 20th February. Further details to follow.

The image on the left is the final cover art. I designed it using Canva. The image itself is a custom word cloud I made using Tagul. Tagul lets you chose a custom shape for your word cloud so I chose lips as this fits well with the theme of lust. Tagul has a lot of shapes already but you can upload any image you want and use this as a shape. The words used include the title of the collection, the words seven deadly sins and lust plus a lot of words linked to lust such as passion, desire, covet and need.

I’m really pleased with the cover. I have used the same colour scheme for the other six volumes so it’s clear the collections are linked, just the shape and words are different.

I made very minor changes to the ten stories in the collection. Once I have finished proof-reading the other titles I want to release I’ll upload them to my distributers and make them available for pre-order.

Things are moving swiftly.

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Into The Darkest Places, Planning CHAPTER PLAN

I continued pre-writing my new novel, Into The Darkest Places.

I continued the final stage, writing the chapter plan.

The novel will be split into sections. The sections are numbered. I may decide on a title at a later date.

I wrote the chapter plan for section 15.

This section focus on one major event across four chapters:

  • Jena has a flashback of what really happened during her ‘car accident’

Things are getting very dark and twisted.

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A Feast Of Scraps READY TO PUBLISH

art, color, colorfulSo I made a big step today.

My first book, a collection of poems and stories called A Feast of Scraps is ready to publish.

I used Canva to create the cover and selected an image from Pexels for the cover photo.

Smashwords have a free style guide you can download and a free ebook template. I read the Style Guide a while ago. I used the template to help format the ebook, cutting out instructions and updating links. It was straight forward.

I saved the file as a Web Page then uploaded it to Calibre, a great free resource for managing and converting ebooks. I uploaded my cover which I downloaded from Canva and converted it to an Epub and Mobi file.

It looks really good so far. I’ve sent the mobile file to my kindle so I can read over it and get a feel for it.

Unless I decide to make any tweaks the book is good to go as soon as I have my tax code.

I’m really excited now.

 

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Declaring Myself As An Independent Author

word-cloudI took a really big step today in my path to become an independent author.

I applied for a unique tax code with HMRC.

I don’t know how this works outside of the UK.

The distributors I plan to use are based in the USA.

I can either have my tax deducted by them or pay the tax on earning in the UK because the UK has a tax treaty agreement with the USA. If I choose to have tax deducted in the USA it will likely be higher than it would in the UK.

I need to get a UTC (unique tax code) from my tax body which is the HMRC. Once I have this code I need to give my distributors the tax code. Once I’m earning money I need to complete a tax return and send it to HMRC.

I’d need a UTC even if I was traditionally published because I’d still be self-employed.

I have to apply online, fill in a form with my details and my reason for wanting a UTC. Once I have received this I can fully register with Smashwords, KDP and Lulu who needs this information.

I filled in the form and the request has been sent to HMRC.

This is all becoming a bit real now.

I also updated my LinkedIN profile declaring myself as an independent author. I made my profile picture and logo the same as all my other sites to create a universal look and feel.

I might never used LinkedIN but since it exists the information should be up to date.

 

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pamelascottwriter.com On Pinterest

word-cloudSo I made some progress today with my Pinterest site.

I’ve created my boards. More will likely be added as time goes on but these are the ones that come to mind just now.

I created a custom cover for each board which turned out to be pretty easy.

This great post, explains how to go about this. I used Canva again (I’m seriously becoming ho0oked). I create a customer template of 800 by 800 pixels. I used my word cloud image above as the background and inserted a text box for the board’s title.

Below is an example. What do you think?

the-ballad-of-sarah-rose-story-board I downloaded each board cover as I made it, saved it on my computer and simply edited the text on Canva so everything had a universal look and feel.

I’m well chuffed I managed to do this.

Now almost all of the sites I used have a custom feel and it’s easy to see how they are linked.

I created a LinkedIn profile years ago. My next task will be to update this for myself a writer and apply myb theme.

I’ll start pinning content next week.

I’ve had a fantastic, productive day.

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Why I Decided To Become An Independent Author

Free stock photo of landmark, architecture, freedom, Statue of Liberty

So I am pushing forward with my plans to become an independent author and self-publish my work early in 2017.

I’ve registered with my chosen distributors; Smashwords, Kindle Direct Publishing and Lulu.

I am in the process of getting things sorted with regards to tax.

Things are moving forward and pieces are falling into place.

I thought it would time to give a bit of insight into my reasons for embarking on this clearly mad plan.

What lunacy is this? I hear you cry.

My reasons are simple and complicated as such things may be.

In an ideal world this would happen:

  1. Image result for I AM AWESOME memeSubmit manuscript to big publisher
  2. Publisher falls in love with said manuscript and declares me the next best thing
  3. Publisher offers obscene amount of money for said manuscript
  4. Novel is published, adored by millions and wins every literary award known to man
  5. Big name Hollywood director offers an obscene amount of money for film rights
  6. Film is a hit and wins loads of award
  7. World declares me a superior human being and I get a bank holiday named after me

I don’t live in an ideal world, I live in a real one. The above happens to some author’s but is mostly just a myth unpublished writers tell themselves as they cry themselves to sleep at nImage result for SICK OF HEARING MEMEight cradling their favourite teddy.

Believe, me, my teddy has heard this story many times and is getting pretty sick of it!

 

Image result for thanks but no thanks memeI finished my debut novel in October 2015. This is my second novel but is going to be the first one I plan to run with. I’ve submitted it several times to agents/publishers and got a bog-standard thanks but no thanks rejection.

I could keep sending the novel off, hoping and praying that a top agent or publisher reads it and triggers event B above.

I probably have a better chance being hit by a truck than any of the above happening.

I’m a realist and a big girl and I can deal with it.

Sometimes!

Image result for please love me memeIt could take YEARS to happen and it might never happen. Competition is tough and it’s virtually impossible to become a debut novelist now by going down ‘the traditional route) – see A-G above.

The simple truth is, I’ll never be completely happy until I’m a published author.

That sounds much more depressing than it did in my head!

I don’t want to give the impression that I’m unhappy or sad or depressed in anyway. Everyone cries into a teddy’s fur at night. Right? Everyone eats chocolate until their face is covered because chocolate is the only love they have. Right?

Anyway, I digress.

Image result for emotional violin memeI’ve never wanted to do anything else but be a writer. This has been my dream since I was a child. I’m one of those people who wrote their first story when they were a year old – in pink crayon no less.

I didn’t go to University because I wanted to be a writer. Who needs a degree to figure out what they want to be? Not me, I’ve got it covered.

Over the past couple of years it’s becoming increasingly obvious that I’m not completely satisfied with my life. I’m tired of waiting for everything I’ve wanted for so long to fall into my lap.

One of my favourite movie quotes from Better Than Chocolate is if you really want something, lunge at it.

So I’m lunging.

I might fall flat on my face but at least I’ll have tried.

If I don’t try I’ll never know which is a lot worse.

I won’t publish my novel at first and will still push this with a traditional publisher/agent for a few months. I will start by publishing my poetry and short fiction. If things work out I will eventually publish my novels if the traditional route doesn’t work.

NB: I also decided to do this because I’m a control freak. I don’t like the idea of anyone else choosing the fate of my darlings.