Author Spotlight – Seumas Gallacher

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Please introduce yourself. 

Good day, m’Lady, Aurora. First up, a gazillion thanks for permitting this ol’ Scots Jurassic scribbler licence to intrude on your blog… I trust you have the standard insurance and attorney protections for this…

 

  1. When did you start writing? 

I’ve dabbled in short stories most of my life… and poetry of a teenage angst sort to begin with, branching into more mellow life incidence… but I primarily consider myself more an authorial wordsmith rather than a Wordsworth… the Jack Calder crime series began around eight years or so back…

 

 

  1. What motivates you to write? 

At the time of the urge to write the first novel, it was born out of the sense that it was ‘just time’ to get down on paper ‘that novel’ we all supposedly have in us… I wanted to see if I could actually do it… now, I’m afraid the writing addiction is well and truly set, and I understand it’s incurable… and I’m happy about that…

 

 

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you choose this particular genre? 

Frankly, I chose to dabble in crime fiction, as it seemed to lend itself to an easier inventive narrative… since then, I’ve realized that sum’times real world fact is crazier than any fiction I can ever create, thus leading to a lot of past personal experiences and live observations being amended and inserted into my stories… changing detail to protect the guilty, most of the time…

 

 

  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you? 

With no false modesty, I try to be as good as I can be at anything I take up, and do so wholeheartedly… from a standing start, I understood the need to be immersed in the whole nine yards of being a writer, particularly including the absolute necessity to be positively present on the SOSYAL NETWURKS… so far, the reading population has been generous in the aggregate downloads of my books on the Great God Amazon… next step would be a television series or film options… fingers crossed…

 

 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it? 

Never… I enjoy being creative and playing inventively with words, so if I reach a wee ‘resting spot’ in the novel writing, I indulge the blog and the networking on the web… where the novels are more cerebral, the blog is more lighthearted, often whimsical… the balance and the mix is healthy for me…

 

 

  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors? 

Read… read more… read even more… support your fellow authors… most are not in competition with you… the global scribblers family is full of generosity of spirit… partake of it and share it back… and start NOW to ’build your platform’ of followers and other writers relationships on the internet… it’s all part of the ‘business of writing’…

 

 

  1. Please, tell us about your work. 

The core of the Jack Calder series is built around former SAS officers who run their own specialized security firm, International Security Partners (ISP)… in the course of their business of protecting their clients interests, they encounter international drug lords, crime cartels, people-traffickers, money-launderers… with the gloves off, they use their black ops skills to foil the bad guys…

 

 

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!! 

My immense pleasure to be here, m’Lady, thanks again…

 


 

Contact Seumas:

Blog                 : seumasgallacher.com

Twitter             : @seumasgallacher

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

Email                : seumasgallacher@yahoo.com

 


 

Seumas Gallacher’s Books:

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THE VIOLIN MANS LEGACY

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VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK

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SAVAGE PAYBACK

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KILLER CITY

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…Authors …there be lies, damn lies, statistics and Amazon book review numbers…

GREAT advice from Seumas Gallacher on Amazon, new authors, statistics, lies and a few more interesting numbers. Thanks so much Seumas for all your advice!

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…those of yeez who have graced this blog with yer readership over the last few years will know I like to keep tabs on some of the things I believe an author, self-published or otherwise, should be aware of… for we scribblers, reviews are as lifeblood… sum’times precious, sum’times soul-destroying, sum’times illuminating, sum’times damning, often constructive… but let me warn yeez, they are never, never, never totally accurate…  there be lies, damn lies, statistics and Amazon book review numbers… be that as it may, over the last eight years or so, my four titles of the Jack Calder crime thriller series currently with the Great God Amazon have performed thus in review terms :

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…the summary covers all of the titles’ reviews from the Amazon pages since day one of publishing on there…

…I’ve only tracked the four principal markets, Amazon UK, USA, Canada and Australia, although…

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…authors, the lowdown on book promo sites… honest feedback from an ol’ Jurassic Scots scribbler…

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Seumas Gallacher shares his valuable opinion about book promo sites. I would say this is a huge MUST-READ for newbies like me!! Thanks so much for this, Seumas! You rock!!

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…I promised yeez a wee while ago to revert with the success or otherwise of dabbling in the ‘give-us-yer-money-and-we’ll-get-yeez-gazillions-of-sales-for-yer-masterpieces’ websites… I’m never averse to trying new (for me) channels and avenues for prospective book sales, and am currently giving this field a whirl… early returns are disappointing so far… let me recap :

All the sites require titles ALREADY to have been reasonably successful, with a certain number of reviews rating at least 4-star or above…

All the sites require a significant discount to normal pricing.

Website 1…

Paid US$ 15 for a one day exposure for one title in a list of prob’ly around 40 or 50 others, with the title remaining on their ’trailing list’ for a further unspecified period…

Email list (they claim) is 35,000

Result: Sales for the period through this channel  — 2 copies only…

Conclusion– A waste of this author’s time and money…

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…Authors, the longest days…waiting for your editor’s feedback… Susan Toy tells it…

Susan Toy is a guest on Seumas Gallacher’s Blog and has published a fantastic post about “Idiot Author’s Guide to waiting for Editorial”.. Thank you, Susan Toy!Photo 4

 

 

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…an Idiot Author’s Guide to waiting for Editorialcomment… from my terrific pal, Authoress, Susan Toy

10 Ways I pass the time while waiting for my editor to finish editing my novel …

by Susan M. Toy

 It took about 12 years to complete a final draft of my second novel, a draft I felt was finally ready to send to my most trusted first reader—my editor.

 You’d think after all the time the file has sat in four computers and various memory sticks during all those years, sometimes never seeing the light of day, I’d have embraced patience and would now be willing to allow for whatever further time was necessary to complete the editing process. After all, I know that it does take a great deal of time and concentration to complete the stellar and most thorough job my editor is currently doing.

 But…

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…Authors supporting other writers online… and why this ol’ Scots scribbler does it…

Seumas Gallacher writes about authors supporting each other online and why he does it. It’s a great post and I therefore would love to share it. Enjoy the blog post!

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…there’s an uncanny parallel that exists between the community of ants and the community of online scribblers… the incredible mutual support and encouragement to their respective members… one of the important elements (at least, important to me) that I always include when answering Q and A online interview queries regarding how to be successful on the SOSYAL NETWURKS as an Author, is to give of yerself to other Lads and Lassies of Blog Land… the friendly mention on Twitter or Facebook… the HONEST review on the Great God Amazon pages and Goodreads (but only if the review rates 4-stars or 5-stars– I feel compelled not to publish the review if I warrant it at 3-star level or below)… inviting Guest Posts, and writing Guest Posts for other blogs… being part of the fabulous global diaspora of like-minded spirits… it never fails to lift me up… but what started…

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…and the Wrath of the Great God Amazon shall be visited upon yeez… be careful out there… #TBSU…

I found this on Seumas Gallacher’s blog and thought it was a very important blog post for authors – in particular for newbies!

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…I s’pose I should feel flattered… email correspondence today from the compliance brigade at Amazon flagged up a potential monstrous offence on the part of this ol’ Jurassic… it seems that my published collections of Blog Posts from this web page blog of mine, WELL I’LL BE BLOGGERED and BLOGGERED, have appeared elsewhere other than with the Amazon titles carrying the collections… another channel of access has been spotted contravening law/ROOL/regulation #such-and-such of the contract with them… I’m not allowed to be on Kindle Select Program while the material is in the public domain elsewhere… now I’ll give yeez a thousand guesses where that ‘other’ offending outlet is… yup, right here… it’s all on my very own web, well I wonder what relative of Einstein has twigged that a collection of my own blog posts might have appeared on my own web over the last several months???……

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