…one of many terrific buddies in the Bahrain Writers Circle is Author, Glen R. Stansfield… even though he’s from ‘oop North in England’, he had the amazingly good sense to marry a Scottish lassie… that more than gives him ‘street blog cred’ with me:
WE ARE FAMILY
Thank you Seumas for this opportunity to steal some of your readers. I promise I will return them eventually, not too badly mangled, well not physically that is. I’m not promising their minds won’t be wrecked.
Several years ago I decided to give this book writing malarkey something of a serious go. I’d had a dabble with it in the eighties, but in those days I was with the majority of ‘wannabees’ and not with the ‘gonnabees’.
Last year, my status changed from ‘willbe’, to ‘ambee’ (okay, not grammatically correct but I won’t say anything if you don’t!), when I published my first novel, Fishing for Stones.
You would think that getting a novel onto Kindle and into print would make me feel good, and it did, especially as it was all my own work as an Indie Author. But what gave me a warm, all-over glow, fuzzy feeling, was being accepted into a new family. No I didn’t get married again, (apparently my wife won’t allow it, not to mention it being frowned upon by the law), I’m talking about the family of authors.
Now as with all families, I am sure there are those who we don’t talk about. They usually sit in judgement of the rest of the family, tut-tutting on everything we do, and they will be lurking somewhere in this family, ready to pounce. The thing is, I have yet to come across anyone like that.
As Indies, we are often ignored by the traditional publishing establishment, we can’t join societies and professional bodies etc. ‘You can’t be a real author, you haven’t got an agent, or a publisher’. The truth is, I don’t want either of them. Many Indies are outselling some of the traditionally published authors (unfortunately I’m not one of them, yet. I’m not even outselling Sewage Monthly, but that’s another story). Why would we give up a chunk of our earnings, just so we can be seen to be ‘legitimate’?
Anyway, I digress. This family of authors has welcomed me with open arms, they encourage me, they support me, they treat me as an equal. As a newbie to this world (writing that is, I’m not an alien), I find this both fascinating and refreshing. Of course, now I’m a family member I feel obliged to be the same with other newbies (I would be anyway, I’m a nice person, until I’m writing that is, then I can think of some horrible ways to die. Just wait until you see my new novel, Harry.)
Maybe authors remember what it was like when they started out, or maybe all authors are just nice people really.
More of my prattlings can be found at www.glenrstansfield.com
…thanks for sharing this with us, that man, Glen… and was it yerself that ate all the biscuits at the last Writers Circle meeting?… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!…
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