Be an Author

(Note That I didn’t say “become”)

In my publishing journey I have met many people who say that they “always wanted to be an author.”  The truth is that many of them have already written poems, short stories, and even full length novels.  Is that YOU?

There once was a time when a writer no option but to find an agent, send out hundreds of query letters, grovel at the feet of editors who sent mimeographed rejection letters saying “Sorry . . . but keep on writing.”  It was perceived that, unless you successfully landed a contract you weren’t really an author.  That’s how I started. (see About)

TODAY is a bright new day.  Every one of you who writes can now get your work in front of dozens, hundreds, thousands of readers whom you have never met by publishing the work yourself.  It is the power of the internet  and social media that has opened wide this door.  If you are reading this I have already made my point.

As an author it is still wise, a good idea, necessary to do things right, but there are scores of “how to” articles that can provide tools to succeed.  Self-taught self-publishing isn’t all that bad, though, for a price you can go “professional” too.  What you bring to this is YOUR creativity.  I can’t write your story, but I may want to read it.  If you put it on the web I have that opportunity and you may gain a new follower and friend.

Go dig up the series of poetry you wrote in college – check it for errors and get it out there.  You can fix your website as you go.  You can expand your social media presence day by day.  You are already an author.  Let us read what you have created.

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About smcpherson58

Aside from loving chocolate and coffee (not necessarily in that order) Scott McPherson has learned that he loves to write. He writes fiction and, so far, has published two novels. Scott has many varied interests, though he tries to focus on one at a time. He has worked for nearly thirty-five years as a family physician, a pass-time that gives him great pleasure and pays the bills. He has five daughters and dotes upon three grandchildren. Recently married, he really loves life. Scott writes from his life experiences and from travel. His career in the active Air Force was brief, but he has been a member of the Nebraska Air National Guard since just before 9/11 in 2001. The aftermath of that great disaster changed the face of the Guard and led to missions in far-away lands. He has spent time in Turkey, Iraq, Spain, Crete and Guam in missions related to support for Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He has been to Iceland and Antarctica as well. Scott has no personal experience with violent death or murder, but has gained knowledge from experts. In his first novel, “A Step Ahead of Death,” his character, Jack Sharp MD, becomes embroiled in a murder mystery. First as suspect, then as amateur sleuth, Jack tries to make a difference. He finds himself right in the middle of an investigation well beyond the scope of a local murder. A man of faith, Scott traveled to Africa with his small family in the 1980s and served as a medical missionary in Zaire (known as Congo today) with a church organization. The vast difference in what it takes to exist in such an environment served as a basis for much of his second novel, a thriller, “Congo Mission.” His character, Jack, is twenty years younger than in the first novel. In “Congo Mission” Jack serves as a physician in a missionary hospital in the jungles of northwestern Zaire. There he is not only captivated by a young woman visiting the region, but falls victim to his nemesis Jacques Levant. His motivations and faith are tested and his resolve to do God’s work gets pushed to the limit. When he is not writing Scott enjoys walking, a practice that actually led to his first attempt at writing a novel. He began making notes and writing prose about the mundane things around him. He tried to make the details sound interesting, even though it was just for his own pleasure. Eventually he found that he could expand his prose to “what if?” “What if I just kept walking?” “What if I, or my character, found a dead body in the ditch along the side of the path?” That was the premise for the first novel, “A Step Ahead of Death.” Scott McPherson is an avid trombone player and has played since he was nine years old. He marched in the Cornhusker Marching Band at the University of Nebraska and now takes advantage of one free football game a year by playing in the half-time show with the UNL Alumni Marching Band. He plays in the Lincoln Civic Orchestra and a community band from the nearby town of Waverly, Nebraska. Scott loves to sing as well, though his range seems to have diminished in recent years. He has sung in college and church choirs and remembers performing parts of Handel’s Messiah as a highlight of his singing experience. One little-known fact about Scott is that he once sang soprano in a boys choir. Scott plans to keep writing as long as the ideas flow and others show interest in his stories. He loves to interact with other writers or readers about what has become a passion in his life. Reviews are always welcome as are questions and comments.
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2 Responses to BE AN AUTHOR

  1. Thanks for this encouragement, Dr. Scott. It took me years just to call myself a writer. Now I think I’ll go all the way and say I’m an author. Surely an e-book and a blog or two count, don’t they? This on-line business does make us feel empowered! You have many good tips to share with us beginning self-publishers.

    • smcpherson58 says:

      I have read articles on your website. You write from the heart and any reader will gain from what you have written. Being an author doesn’t require producing a novel or cookbook. Your articles stand as proof to the world that you are an author. Now you also have a book, not only an author, a published author!

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