…David Red Button Williams has more than a name to conjure with… check out his Blog… he hosts me today…

…my great pal, David Red Button Williams has tempted this ol’ Jurassic onto his terrific blog-page, Psygota Siarcod yng Nghymru/Shark Fishing in Wales... under this link sharkfishinginwales.blogspot.co.uk …why the ‘Red Button’ and the ‘Shark Fishing’? yeez ask… I highly recommend yeez go visit his page where all shall be revealed… or at least as much as can be considered decent to reveal… meantime, his page carries this extraction from me today… the man is a born persuader :

Monday, 4 May 2015

Going for Govan Gold…Seumas Gallacher…

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…an ol’ Jurassic Scots Scribbler…Going for Govan Gold… the story thus far…

…my good pal, David Williams, a.k.a. David Red Button Williams as per Interpol files, has tempted fate by nudging me to recount how an itinerant Glasgow wannabe banker ended up as a prospective candidate for the ‘Literary Legend in his own Lunchbox’ Award… born in the same street as the later-to-be-WURLD-famous Sir Alex Ferguson, it’s no surprise that fitba’ (Eng: football/soccer) became the mainstay of physical development for young Master Gallacher… staying out of jail, another minor miracle, was coupled with an apprenticeship in Fledgling Financier-ism as a fifteen-year-old in the Docklands, Govan Branch of the mighty Clydesdale & North of Scotland Bank… adjacent to where another lifelong hero, Billy Connolly, began his own career in the shipyards as a welder, … the customary Glasgow coming-of-age-for-teens falling out with my father ensued, and after a friendly family punchup, I left the metropolis to go live, WURK and enjoy six wonderful years in Tobermory in the Scottish Hebridean Island of Mull… my apparent aptitude for language (no, Mabel, not swearing and cursing… proper language) led to a fluency in Gaelic and subsequent solo singing participation in the Gaelic language festivals, known as Mods… a sheaf of medals came along to constantly weigh down my luggage thereafter… see, it’s not all positivity in winning the Gaelic version of ‘Highlander’s Got Talent’… London became the intermediate port of call for all of ten years, where the language skills had to be applied even more with the locals… Lombard Street in the City polished the banking veneer of the Lad-From-Up-North to the degree where overseas duty became an attraction… thence began a thirty-five year odyssey… Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney (how the hell did that sneak in there?), Hong Kong again, and Manila in the Philippines rounded out the Far East C.V… that little journey ate up a quarter of a century… sumb’dy left a ticket lying around for the Middle East, and so, for the past decade, my coin has been earned next to the desert… the experiences, characters and stories in each and all of these destinations has provided more than ample material for fiction (although, as they say, the truth is much, much stranger on most occasions)… so why not write books, Master Gallacher?… indeed, why not… et voila! (further linguistic skill there, did yeez see that?)… the Jack Calder crime thriller series was born… 80,000+ downloads later, it appears that sumb’dy likes them… I could tell yeez which parts are from real life and which not… but then, I’d have to kill yeez… yeez know how that WURKS, right?… suffice to note… It has taken five decades across three continents to arrive at a place where I feel truly comfortable… I’m a Writer… not an ‘Aspiring Writer’ which is how I see so many authors describe themselves… I believe if yeez write at all, then yeez are Writers… so, quill-scrapers… go forth and multiply… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!… thanks for having me aboard, that man David…

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THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY

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Biography

SEUMAS GALLACHER escaped from the world of finance five years ago, after a career spanning three continents and five decades.

As the self-professed ‘oldest computer Jurassic on the planet’ his headlong immersion into the dizzy world of eBook publishing opened his eyes, mind, and pleasure to the joys of self-publishing. As a former businessman, he rapidly understood the concept of a writer’s need to ‘build the platform’, and from a standing start began to develop a social networking outreach, which now tops 20,000 direct contacts.

His ‘Jack Calder’ crime-thrillers series, THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY, VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK and SAVAGE PAYBACK blew his mind with more than 80,000 e-link downloads to date.

He started a humorous, informative, self-publishers blog three years ago, never having heard of a ‘blog’ prior to that, was voted ‘Blogger of the Year 2013′ and now has a loyal blog following on his networks. He says the novels contain his ‘Author’s Voice’, while the blog carries his ‘Author’s Brand’. And he’s LUVVIN IT!

Blog : http://seumasgallacher.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/seumasgallacher

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/seumasgallacher

Email: seumasgallacher@yahoo.com

…see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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…thanks, but this ol’ crime thriller Author has NO desire to be the next Lee Child…

…I remember clearly ‘way back as a kid being asked by pals, who-would-yeez-like-to-be?… by consistent answer was and remains… I don’t want to be emb’dy else… I’m perfectly at ease with myself, warts an’ all… even through the teen years, I recall resisting with fervour dressing like all my mates, who were trying to be ‘different’, when in fact all they were doing was regimenting themselves by all being the same ‘different’… by no stretch of the imagination would I label myself a ‘rebel’, but as lots of yeez Lads and Lassies who follow this ‘ere Blog prob’ly know already, my lifetime hero has always been the late political giant, Sir Winston Churchill, a monumental statesman, and a confirmed maverick all his days… comes now the surprising success (to me, at least, no false modesty, even) of my Jack Calder crime thrillers over the past five or six years… and up pop the well-meaning friends who tell me I’m ‘the next Lee Child’ or ‘the next James Patterson’...or ‘the next whoever’

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…much as that feeds the fragile ego of this ol’ quill-scraper in my virtual candle-lit garret, my response to all of that is quite simple… thanks, but this ol’ crime thriller Author has NO desire to be the next Lee Child… if I had the magic wand, my preference would be to hear the pitch in a different way… viz: Lee Child and James Patterson are writers in the style of Master Seumas Gallacher… setting the bar high?… yeez can bet yer sweet derriere I am… else what’s the point, Mabel?… when we kicked a football around in the school playgrounds fifty years ago, each of us assumed the role of our soccer heroes back then, Denis Law, Georgie Best, Johan Cruyff, Pele… Authors, wouldn’t it be grand if today’s younger scribblers averred their desire to be the next (*                )? *insert yer own name here…

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…see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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…Authoress, Rachel Amphlett throws light on that oh-so-elusive Scribbler’s WURKIN balance …

…listen up, Lads and Lassie of Blog Land… my pal, Rachel Amphlett has done a ton of WURK in pursuit of figuring out how we quill-scrapers can find that elusive and vital balance in all the stuff the modern day scribbler’s expected to get involved with… let her share it with yeez:

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A Writer’s Toolkit

Rachel Amphlett

For most of us, writing is what we do in between a job, or raising kids, or a myriad of other responsibilities.

It’s a precarious balance at the best of times. When we do find those precious moments to indulge ourselves, it’s easy to fritter away the time, rather than use it to the best of our abilities.

About a year ago, I felt I was sinking – my writing time was getting used for marketing, my marketing was lacking direction, and I was getting more and more frustrated with my lack of progress.

Sound familiar?

I knew I had to take action. I wanted 2015 to be different – less stressful for a start. Being more productive, and seeing better results for it, was my goal. Since making that decision, I’ve noticed a dramatic difference. Here’s what helped me on my way.

1)         A scheduling tool for marketing

Late last year, I sat down and worked out how much time social media took away from my writing time. It was scary. By the time I tried to work out which posts received most engagement, what didn’t work and how Facebook algorithms were about to wreck our author pages, I was going round in circles.

I knew there had to be an easier way. Enter scheduling tools. There are a few on the market, but for me (and this isn’t an endorsement, it’s simply what suits me at the moment), Buffer ticked all the boxes.

It was easy to set up, allowed me to share posts across Twitter, Google+ and Facebook, and also allowed me to segment posts and ensure I was engaged across several time zones (most of my readers are in the UK and USA, some nine hours minimum behind my Brisbane life).

Now, I don’t rely on a scheduling tool alone – I’m too much of a social butterfly for that – but it has made things easier. Now I can spend 10-15 minutes in the morning and another 10-15 minutes in the evening scheduling some posts, then respond to comments and generally interact with people when I first get up in the morning. If I get a spare 5-10 minutes during the day, you’ll find me on Twitter, simply because that’s my favourite social media platform.

All in all, I’m a lot more organised.

2)         Specific times for marketing (no writing allowed)

Again, the scheduling tool comes in handy here, but if I’m working ‘live’, then I’ll try to do this early in the morning when I get up at 5.15am, while I’m waiting for the kettle to boil before I go to work.

This time allows me to respond to comments on Facebook and Twitter, share other people’s posts and generally just relax while I’m trying to wake up. Once I’ve got a cup of coffee in my hand, I’ll respond to emails, maybe post some things on Facebook, and then switch off the computer and get ready for work.

During the day, I’ll check in on Twitter and Facebook, but most of the time I’ll have another flurry of activity during the evening once the UK and USA start to wake up.

If I need to do a ‘big’ marketing effort, such as finding images for book covers, or updating my website, I’ll leave this for a Saturday morning. I often wake up a couple of hours before everyone else, so this is my time to relax and play around with the book business side of things. After about 8am, it’s the weekend proper.

3)         Specific times for writing (no marketing allowed)

About 18 months ago, I made the decision to write during my commute to work. I set myself a small target of about 200 words for the 30 minute journey, but I’m often hitting 700+ these days, simply because I do it every day, there and back, Monday to Friday. If the train carriage is noisy, I’ll put my headphones in. Eighteen months ago, I couldn’t even contemplate writing while listening to music, so it just shows how you can train your brain to accept new habits.

I very rarely write at weekends; I might do a bit of plotting, but I like the opportunity to let my brain relax for a day or two, just to recharge the batteries.

4)         Making the most of writing time

Using Scrivener, which is the best writing package I’ve ever used, I’ll simply work on a scene that resonates with me rather than writing ‘in order’.

If I’m really struggling to get started, then I’ll daydream for a bit, and often come up with an idea for a blog post, or an idea for a plot for another book – as long as I’m doing something productive with that time, I’m happy. More often than not though, I’m tapping away at that laptop keyboard, churning out words – once that habit is formed, it’s hard to kick it.

6)         Templates for emails

I love helping other writers. I’m an advocate for paying it forward, but sometimes I get swamped by the number of requests, most of which ask the same questions.

I’ve now got a suite of template emails that set out the basics of a response, which I can then embellish and personalise for the person who has contacted me. It doesn’t mean I don’t care, but it does mean I’ve given myself a head start on a response and can therefore continue to help others, rather than just have a blanket ‘no, sorry – too busy; can’t help’, which I couldn’t bear to do – it’s not in my personality to be like that, for a start!

I also have a couple of template emails for readers, especially for those having problems downloading my free book when they join the mailing list. Some of us aren’t tech savvy, so it’s useful to have a step-by-step guide I can send to readers who contact me saying they’re struggling. It saves me time, and it keeps them happy.

The above list is not meant to be a ‘one size fits all’ fix, but hopefully you can take some of these ideas and use them to find that elusive life/work/writing balance we all crave.

And if you have a particular trick that works well for you, why not share it in the comments here?

Rachel has her latest offering on pre sale from now until June 30th… have a look at this fabulous cover :

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…I did a wee bit of background research on the LUVLY Rachel, and yeez’ll be as impressed as I am to learn a bit more about her:

Before emigrating to Australia in 2005, Rachel helped run a pub, played lead guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, dabbled in radio as a presenter and freelance producer for the BBC, and worked in publishing as a sub-editor and editorial assistant.

After returning to writing, Rachel enjoyed publication success both in Australia and the United Kingdom with her short stories. Her first thriller White Gold was released in 2011, with the Italian foreign rights for the novel being sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint in 2014.

She is currently working on the third in her Dan Taylor military thriller series, due for publication later this year, and plotting the next two books in that series.

In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, horse-riding, playing guitar, reading (of course), and writing (another no-brainer). She also has a great love of films, especially thrillers, rom-com, sci-fi and biopics. She doesn’t mind admitting she’s scared of horror films.

…and yeez can get linked up with m’Lady, Rachel, thus:

www.rachelamphlett.com 
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…have yeez met any good Leading Penguinists lately?…

…I’m in awe of great inventiveness, wherever it crops up… I’m also in perpetual wonder at the seemingly endless stream of ‘experts’ and various ‘gurus’ that appear at the drop of an outside broadcast microphone… my television channel of choice as some of yeez already know is SkyNews, coz it’s so bad, it’s good, if yeez get my drift… they are the kingpins at the ‘instant-insighters’ pitching up in front of their cameras… the wee strapline at the foot of the screen will tell yeez that this or that fellow is the WURLD authority on whatever topic is currently being covered… the other day, I caught up with one item where the redoubtable SkyNews outdid even themselves… picture the feature… sum’thing to do with the ecology (always good for an ’expert’ or three) in relation to the future of that most beloved of creatures… the penguin

aaaaaaa…and here we had Mister Sumb’dy Ecological-Looking, described on the flashcard below as ‘a Leading Penguinist’… I kid yeez not!… as a scribbler, my thoughts jumped to the literary connection with the well-known Publishing House… alas, nowt to do with that… nor the wondrous cartoon movie ‘Happy Feet’, featuring the voice of the late, great Robin Williams… now, if yeez wanna talk about ‘a Leading Penguinist’, Robin’s yer man…

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…in fact, in my view, he’s a ‘Leading Lotsa Things-ist’… back to SkyNews… unless yeez live on Pluto, yeez’ll know there’s a General Con-The-People event in process. a.k.a the UK General Election… and this has spawned another flock of Eclectic-Electoral-Emeritii… where do they find them?… I’ve sent an email to the folks who arrange such stuff, offering my services as a WURLD’s spokesperson, ranging on anything they want, from Scottish-Hebridean-Gaelic-Swear-WURDS, to Things-To-Cause-Yer-Laptop-To-Disobey-Yer-Instructions… at a pinch, I could stand in as ‘a Deputy Leading Penguinist… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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…Authors… Help!… my characters are running away with my novel again…

…this ol’ Jurassic normally has pretty good control of his own mind, although some who know me better may disagree with that… but generally speaking, my day is fairly disciplined… my schedule is usually planned neatly in advance… I budget my participation on SOSYAL NETWURKIN… I allot time for my new literary WURK-in-Progress, … my corporate ‘day-job’ gets formal allotted hours each day…

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…everything’s tickety-boo, then, right?… wrong!… the one area where the intended directives are frequently disrupted is in producing my latest wee Jack Calder crime fiction masterpiece, KILLER CITY … in fairness, it’s prob’ly my own fault… I’ve allowed the characters to grow and develop as per all the best scribblers’ advice… but, c’mon, how come they constantly surprise me by diverting my well-plotted narrative?… where does that unexpected dialogue come from?… heck, I’m supposed to be in charge here… sigh!… last night’s a case in point… a pivotal part of the novel reached… I wanted to elaborate on certain salient points… the characters were having none of it!… off they went… tramping all over my carefully laid-out paragraphs… is there no respect for their creator anymore?…

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…do Lee Child and that wee Rowling lassie have the same kinda unruly players issues?… and here’s the clincher, Lads and Lassies of Blog Land… when I sit back and ponder on what stares back at me from the manuscript, I grudgingly have to confess… these characters know the way story’s supposed to run, much better than I do… it reads better… it sounds better… it tastes better… now I’m trying to devise a way to get the main lad, Jack Calder, to sit down inside my wee gray cells and share with me what happens next… as the Author of this bluudy lot, it would be nice to be informed in advance, I’ll tell him… after all, my name’s gonna sit on the strapline… at least give me a glimmer of a clue where we‘re going next with it… right, I’m gonna have to go and lie down in a darkened room for a while… do the rest of yeez quill-scrapers have the same issues?… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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…Authors… there’s a WURLD of difference between literary narcissism and being justly proud of yer WURK…

…it’s a strange paradox… I see and review plenty of other scribblers’ WURKS in the course of my week…. part of what I do as a small portion of my attempts to ‘give back’ or ‘pay it forward’ as we quill-scrapers say, is to download, once a week, books from other Authors, preferably new writers, and ultimately post reviews if they meet my own opinion of a four-star or five-star rating… TVML covernow here’s the thing… over the five or six years that this ol’ Jurassic’s been involved in the eBook circus and other types of publishing, I’ve seen a whole range of stuff from the Author’s side… it’s quite incredible how much of it falls into a coupla categories, viz… first, there’s the Authors whose WURK is frankly patently amateurish… bad spelling, punctuation, stilted dialogue, plot holes wider than the Grand Canyon, but who rail against criticism/ negative reviews, in the misguided self-opinion that they are the next Lee Child or J.K. RowlingVWB coverthen, astonishingly on the opposite side to that, there are tons of superb writers, excelling in narrative, story-telling, engaging character-development and impeccable WURD-smithing who aver that their own stuff is sub-standard… (lots of yeez Lads and Lassies out there do this—and yeez know who yeez are)… to this latter set, my unsolicited, not-so-‘umble advice is this—if yeez’ve got it, flaunt it!… there’s a WURLD of difference between literary narcissism and being justly proud of yer WURK… I’m not for a nano-second suggesting yeez become Spam-Merchants… that’s always a huge no-no… but there’s NUTHIN wrong with intelligently bringing yer masterpieces to the readership at large… the SOSYAL NETWURKS are there to be used sensibly… forget the what-yeez-had-for-breakfast Instagrams, and the look-at-my-cat-eating-his-nibblies selfies… millions… SP new coveryes, millions of readers are keen to know where to find good reading material… the internet has heightened that focus… just look at Goodreads… Readers Forums online… Discussion Groups on all sorts of literature… get out there and be part of it…

…and here’s me putting my ideas where my mouth is—my wee Jack Calder crime thriller babies are downloadable all over the WURLD and many other places:

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SAVAGE PAYBACK

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…Authors… just a wee WURD about pacing yerselves with yer WURK…

…it’s undeniably difficult to look at my physical appearance today and believe that at one time (read, ‘fifty years ago’) I displayed certain athletic prowess… I’ve bored yeez before, that as a teenager, I played as a winger, then centre forward with Third Lanark Football Club in Glasgow, when that outfit was part of the Scottish First Division… a year or two prior to that, while still at school, yours truly was prompted by an over-enthusiastic gym master to enter for the running events at the Paisley Police Juniors Athletics meeting… compared to my peers back then, I was reckoned to be quite quick… hence the later introduction to the aforementioned Third Lanark as a ‘flying winger’

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…however, some of that reputation, coupled I believe with a total misunderstanding from the gym teacher as to what events best suited my sprinting talents, led to my being put forward for the 800-metres race… I recall it as yesterday… back then, there was none of yer fancy Nike spiked speed shoes… a pair of tightly laced ‘bumpers’ graced the feet… and oh, the shorts I had on the day of the meet were a size too big… that was addressed by the use of a ’snake-belt’… those of yeez of a certain age will remember the ‘snake-belt’— an elasticised thing with an ’S’-shaped hook to hold it clipped together… and yer next budding Olympic performer was ready for the starting gun… I had already competed earlier that day in the 100-metres sprint, and won easily, carrying home later the Police Bowl Trophy… buoyed by that, when the starter fired the gun for the 800-metres, I went belting away from the field like the proverbial bat out of hell… within 30 seconds, I was fifty metres ahead of the rest of them… pacing, Mabel?… nob’dy had told me about pacing… I think the gym master was home doing his nails the night they gave that particular lesson… needless to say, it didn’t take long for the rest of the tortoise pack to catch up with the ‘Govan Hare’… the human frame is not built to sprint flat-out, non-stop for 800 metres… nor even 400 metres… by the time the race was over, Master Gallacher, the proud owner of the 100-metres sprint title, crawled in, a far distant, and exhausted, last in the 800 metres

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…pacing, Authors, pacing…. it’s as relevant to yer scribbling as it is to careening round a race track… mark my WURDS… these days, I’ll settle for a taxi, thanks … see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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