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Ex Soldier and Author. I was just sixteen years old when I joined the Army and stayed for fifteen years - half my life was given to this band of brothers but in truth it was my whole life. British Army on the Rampage is a seies of autobiographical novels that tell it how it was - warts and all. I wasn't in the SAS, I don't think I killed many people and if I did it was an accident. These are just the stories of a hell of a good time with real friends and comrades and the life we llived, the pranks we got up to and the friendships formed. I make no apologies for the fact that these memoirs are humourous because all in all I had one hell of an outrageously good time. And if war is a serious business at least we had a lot of laughs on the way...


News Posted on Wed, May 29, 2013 21:55:36

I really appreciate all the support everyone is giving me. It hasn’t gone unnoticed as we have rocked the Amazon world.

There are approximately 5 million books for sale on Amazon UK and although the figures move up and down slightly every hour, I was amazed to see at lunch time today that the first book in the British Army on the Rampage trilogy, ‘Warning order Belize’ was ranked at 1,716 overall and No.67 in the Humour listings which puts me above Jeremy Clarkson, Les Dawnson, & Dawn French! I initially thought that If I made it into the top one hundred thousand I would be very happy, but to make it into the top two thousand is a dream come true.

Of course the rankings go down as well as up so please do tell your friends about the book and if you get a chance please write a review on Amazon.

To those who have already bought the books – and don’t forget there are 3 novels in a trilogy (I think), I just want to say a really heartfelt Thank You – it means a lot.

I have updated my Blog on the website I had received so many questions asking why I e-published my books as opposed to going down the conventional publishing route. Job done, question answered. Click on the ‘hand grenade’ on my website for the answer.

Big thanks to ‘Southport Shine’ who are going to be running an article on army in their publications August or September editions.

Don’t forget to log onto www this Saturday at 8pm for Sean an Dave the mighty Quinn. Listen live while we put the world to rights…

I will keep you updated and once again thank you for your continued support.

Why e-publish?

Thoughts & Meanderings... Posted on Wed, May 29, 2013 10:30:59

If I had a pound for every time I had been asked why I
published my books in an ‘E’ Format as opposed to conventional paper format,
then I would be a rich man and would probably have plenty of cash to pay for my
own book to be published in paperback.

According to the Writers Bible (Writers & Artists
yearbook 2013), it is clear that there has been a considerable shift in
technology. Kindle sales have increased over 200% in the last two years.
Associated statistics are indicating that e-publishing is the way to go and the
right way to sell books. This is all well and good and would make me sound as
if I predicted all this. It’s not true.

According to the above mentioned Bible, there are some clear
guidelines to follow and strict protocols when doing so. It states clearly that
one should seek literary representation by the way of an Agent before
approaching publishers. If an agent rejects, then the author approaches another
agent. It is normal to be rejected again and again and again. Some authors end
up with one hundred and fifty rejections and still no representation.

After a reasonable number of rejections from the agent, it
is time to approach the publishers. This works in the same way. I went through
both processes and received a number of rejections from a number of publishers
too. Approximately one third didn’t even reply.

The documentation that is sent to agents and publishers must
be formatted and compiled in an immaculate state before the author even
receives their fifteen seconds of fame. Likewise if the author doesn’t submit
exactly what is required by the agent or publisher then they may never even
make it to the ‘slush pile’, only the bin. That fifteen seconds is when the
agent or publisher picks it from the ‘slush pile’ and then decides in the blink
of an eye if it is fit to proceed to the next stage. The answer is often ‘No’

Having studied this subject for two years and read a number
of internet posts and forums I have come to a conclusion:

What has occurred recently is that a number of publishers as
a result of increased tablet and e-reader device sales, are beginning to feel a
little unsettled about the future of paper books and publishing. This therefore
is not a good time for the new author. After all, why should a reputable and
profit making publishing house take on a new author called Sean Connolly who
has no former literary credentials, when they can pull out one of their popular
best sellers who would be a dead cert to make them a lot of money. It would be like
betting on an unknown horse against the favourite.

This leaves the new poor author with what may be a good
story but no audience to share it with. A few years ago these stories may have
ended up in the back of a draw or left in the archives on a computer, but today
e-book publishing has changed all that. Books can now be uploaded in an e-book format to sites such as
Amazon for all the world to download and read. As long as the book is presented
in a professional manner and boasting a good cover then they should sell. There
must be a good story that readers are keen to read at the beginning of this
process and a brand and website would generally have to be created to market
the book.

In an ideal world, the books would sell as the readers enjoy
them and spread the word, and if the sales grow then hopefully the publishers
and literary agents would see them too. And hopefully then you might be able to
buy the solid real book in a bookshop with pages you can bend the corners of
and drop in the bath or spill suntan oil on – things that Kindles &
eReaders are not very good at!

So they are my reasons therefore for publishing my books
in an e-book format.