Blog 8 – The Art of Finishing


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Another month… and so another overdue blog to you, my dear reader. Unsurprisingly I am still busy trying to finish my latest book ‘Killing Time’, which gives me very little… ahem, time… to do anything else. But, I have great news. I am writing the last few chapters!!!!!! Yay!!!!!!! Three cheers and all that. But… ach, it is so damn difficult.

Finishing like a pro

So, I have almost everything in place, and I have timed all the elements quite well so that the story comes to its conclusion around the 80-90,0000 word mark. Fantastic! That was an achievement in itself. Most of the time I was wondering if I was going to make it last long enough, and now I’m hoping it won’t be too long. I can cut bits out to reach my preferred commercial target though, the generally recognised most popular length with readers and publishers alike of 80,000 words for fiction.

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At one point, I was chucking the words out at 10,000 per week, but I have to say, I’m not so sure the quality is quite as high, so will need more editing… but that’s okay, the main thing was getting the story out into my personal world, and now I can make it perfect with the touch ups, the re-edits and all the knowledge of knowing exactly where the story is going.

But finishing holds with it such high expectations. How many times have you heard of a book or movie being really good, but with a disappointing ending? Maybe you had guessed the twist at the end, or it didn’t seem believable. Or, maybe… it just ended, but wasn’t interesting. If someone has spent 8 or 9 hours reading your book, they will normally want a pretty good conclusion. And so, even though I have a conclusion, to me, it is not yet exciting enough in my head.

Remember, a story needs 3 acts:




This is the shape any story must take.

A beginning that grabs the reader.

A middle that escalates in tension, suspense, stakes and excitement.

And an ending that brings it all home with a bang.

Well, almost. An end can be something that grabs us intellectually, or boy gets girl or Timmy gets a cure for cancer… something that satisfies… that is its bang!

So here I am, at the stage I’ve been waiting 5 months for. 5 months of slogging through the story, but able to push in a fairly wide choice of directions. But now… now I’m approaching that ending and the responsibility is tough!

My way around this for the moment is to just write the end.

Then write it again… but different

And again…

And maybe my creative side can find the most interesting and exciting conclusion, to what I hope people find to be a great story.

It is better than looking at that flashing cursor and wondering what I might find on Amazon to buy for Christmas presents. And certainly better than giving up.

Yep, the thought does occasionally pop into my head, but that would be crazy after 85,000 words wouldn’t it? I bet some do though.

Luckily for me, I’m going on a writer’s retreat next week, a good place to finish my first draft with its change of scenery and a few other writers to bounce ideas off.

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If you have reached that tough first 30,000 word point… then well done, that is the first tough stage completed. Look at your book so far and decide at this point if it is a goer or if you need to start again. That is what most writers do. It is tough to start a completely new project, but better than slogging the proverbial dead horse.

If it is good, fantastic, because the next 30,000 or 40,000 words are going to be easier. Just don’t be surprised when the 3rd act starts and you get nervous though.

It is only stage fright after all.


Good luck to all my writer friends – budding, and successful authors too.



The results of positive thinking


I have been very very busy writing, trying to get the first draft of my new book finished by the end of October, Edited in November and then printed for cheap Christmas presents.

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I thought I had lost this post in the interweb… A newer post to come soon…

My apologies to those kind readers of my site for not posting any new blogs lately…. it has been an incredibly busy 2 weeks, and not for writing. Last week I had my first acting job for an HIV charity which was a great experience, And this week I was 2 days on the set of Emmerdale for an explosive few episodes in mid October. Amazing how just pushing forward and out of your comfort zone can lead to such interesting events and locations.


So am I just bragging? In a way… yes,  but overall I’m going to try and give an example of the positive effects of being positive, which, lets face it, can be difficult sometimes, especially when beaten down by events in life that can come in 3s or 4s.

2014-15 was one of the worst 2 years in my life due to many events conspiring against me. I had been given long term notice of redundancy after 24 years with the Met police, so life was uncertain, my team were all depressed, so an awful enviroment to work in (which, when you are a crime scene photographer, is a terrible position to be in). My mother was in a car accident, my father suicidal and other, smaller things were going on. The only good thing in my life, was my girlfriend… until things got to her with her life, and suddenly ended the releationship, with what seemed little reason and no explanation.

So. for me… rock bottom. Worse than my divorce, worse than any other break up, mostly for the fact of how she ended things without talking, and shutting me out.

Anyway, that is enough info on that. I’ll get to my point.

wp_20160717_07_46_48_pro         I think we all have tests like this in our lives, and for writers, they are all a training day. Just like actors remembering emotions to display in films later on. They give us the ammo to write deeper from the heart. Fortunately for me, I had a pen pal on facebook and she was a great listener and eventually became an even better girlfriend.

Now we have been in a relationship for over 18 months and she has pulled me through and made me look to improve myself and my karma. She is a lovely person.

But… as painful as my breakup had been, I had learnt to push myself to enjoy life as much as possible, and now Katja, my current main squeeze, is supporting me through that too.

So… without trying to sound too sentimental, take a look where you are with your writing. Look to experiences and see if you can express yourself as openly as I have here. It is not easy, but it is cathartic, and cheap therapy. It is raw and connects with a lot of people who have touched upon the same subjects. It is 3 dimensional and real, emotive and heart warming.

me-puregym5So now everything is better. My redundancy came with a small pension… Yay! Stupid Met police paying me to not work for them, and it gives me the chance to do lesser paid jobs. So 4 months ago I applied to a modelling agency called Ugly (They do all types of people) and a tv and film extra agency called Ray Knight and got accepted by these two giants in the industry, hence getting interesting work. I went to a pub quiz and found that the quiz master works of Question One… a pub quiz company… and now am a quizmaster for them.


Sorry…. my point is. Just try! Don’t think it’ll go nowhere so what’s the point. Just try anything that takes your fancy. Game park keeper, club bouncer, fitness instructor, stand up comic, stripper, erotic fiction writer (easiest money), librarian, advertising exec…. whatever floats your boat.


Yes, we all have bills to pay. So if you cannot change your job, channel those dreams into your writing. Those hopes and fears. Those disasters and challenges. Write in lunch breaks, or an hour before work. Do what I did, and dream that writing that best seller will get you out of the shit you are in… believe me, it is a great motivation. Don’t torture yourself that you should not write for the money… it is your life, your reasons. E.L.Travers didn’t write 50 shades for art… and she wrote a lot of it in her car on her blackberry. Hell, now she’s rewriting the first three but from the guy’s perspective! Commercial, money orientated genius. Hopefully she’ll take the money and then try to write something worthwhile instead…

My new friend and new cast member from Emmerdale

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But then… a lot of women (and maybe some men) will see her book as worthwhile, that it got them out of a sexual rut, an empty relationship, an emotional dead end… which only goes to show, that anything can be worthwhile and mean something in someone’s world.

So what’s your excuse now? Get writing dagnamit!!!!!!


Blog 6 – Getting a publishing agent


This is really difficult…

I repeat… this is really really difficult.


Because the world of selling books has changed and thus affected the publishers – to the point in which they are very scared to take any kind of financial risk.

This might be a bit of a rant.

Almost every agent says on their web page that they are looking for a strong voice, that they are looking for something new and different.


They’d love to find something new and exciting, but the financial risk is too big, so it is much better to jump onto whatever bandwagon is passing by. There will always be exceptions, and kudos to those agents that have the courage of their convictions when they find that golden project.

Sour grapes?

Maybe… but I am fed up with seeing agents say they want a new voice and then, when they go over my 3 chapters, they harp on about narrative drive and that my book is too niche a market (metaphysical fiction).

Hmm, The Alchemist is one of the biggest sellers in the world – Metaphysical fiction

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

Cloud Atlas

The End of Mr Y

The Celestine Prophecies

All metaphysical fiction… but yes, a small corner of the general genre market.

Now the BIG GENRES are Erotic fiction, Chick Lit, Murder and Young Adult… so if you have one of those, it will help… but maybe no cigar.

Agents receive approx 200 books per month = 2400 books per year. They end up representing 2-3 out of those 2400. And who can blame them, they are very busy.

They get these manuscripts arrive all the time, and by a process of experience and luck, your MS might make it to the top of the slush pile. If your MS (manuscript) is turned down, do not despair! It is just a tough tough market. Hence, self publishing becoming very popular.

Also Crowdfunded publishing (last week’s blog 5) is a new option

Or, a few mid-way publishers, who share the risk with you by being selective and then getting you, the writer to underwrite the costs of editing, proofing, design, publicity and distribution… to name but a few elements. It is a great idea, but there are hundreds of cowboys out there, so always go by word of mouth. Make friends with your independant book shop owners… they will now who is who. Peter at Barton’s books in Leatherhead is fantastic. A true gent and lover of all things books. He is what you can never get in a franchise, a biblophile who knows everyone and thrives in getting writers and artists together. And one day you will want them to stock your book, and let you do book signings in it.

I have paid agents to give advice, and found some giving wise words out at book fairs for free… and they all differ in how they choose that book.

My tips:


Make the first paragraph as gripping as possible

Then make the first three chapters as interesting and unputdownable as possible – sex it up, create jeopardy, a death, a shock or two – even if you cannot keep that pace up after the 3 chapters. That is the commercial way. That is the feedback I had from an agent, even though I’d explained in my synopsis that my book is not a thriller, it is a thought provoking, evocative, visual book that makes you wonder about life, not death and who caused it. It did not fit her formula!

I know I know, I sound bitter. I’m not really, just a little frustrated, but I truly understand why things are the way they are.

Yep, that’s right, she was one of the agents saying she was looking for something different. She didn’t even read the synopsis, and then admitted that she didn’t know where the book was going because she never reads a synopsis. And yet most… no, all, agents ask for a synopsis. A synopsis that is the best that anyone could ever write and condenses your book into 600 words(ish). And I stupidly paid Bloomsbury publishing £225 for her flippant advice.

As I said, this might be sour grapes, but it is hard to tell from where I’m standing.

Save your money. Do not use Bloomsbury’s services. They seem genuine enough, but it always ends up being quite a lot of money for advice that is available elsewhere. They dangle a golden carrot though. The chance to not only meet an agent, but for them to read your first 3 chapters. By the look of her handwriting, she skim read it on the train on the way into work, her service acting as an extra boost to her income on the 07:38 to Waterloo.

This all happened about 3 months ago, and I’m still ranting. She was lovely though.

Ach, as I say, design the first paragraph for the airport test… to grab your reader

Then design the first three chapters to grab an agent

Do your research regarding writing the perfect synopsis (even if she won’t read it)

Write an exciting summary, or even better, get someone else to write it.

Write an amusing, self effacing, short biography in the 3rd person that you’d have in the front of your book just in case it’s needed.

And… research your agent very very well so that you can suck up to them as much as possible. They all want it to be geared exactly for them, even though, most of us just want a bloody deal with any competent and honest agent. The research will help you find the better agent though, so take the time to look for the agents that represent the authors that you like.

Never be put off by what they say… the real advice that is worth everything, are the reviews from Amazon etc. Not close friends or family or loved ones… they are too close to you.

Push for as many reviews as possible, and if after say, 10 or 20 reviews you are only 3 stars… then your book needs a serious overhaul or you need to put it aside for a little while and start writing that second novel, using all the experience you have gained from the first. Then when you come back to your 1st novel, you can look at it with fresh eyes and a sack load of extra experience from writing your second masterpiece.

And finally… it does not matter if you get 5 stars or 1 star… to me, if you have written a book of more than 40,000 words and pushed it to the point that it is available to the world through Amazon or suchlike, then you have created something that others cannot.

Most people cannot even seem to finish reading a book, never mind write one. So hold your head up high. You are a writer, and, even if you only sell one copy to a stranger… you are an author!


Have a great week and check out my book at Amazon only £8.99


Blog 5 – Crowdfunding



A few months ago I entered into the foray of crowdfunding. There are some excellant new sites now, and 2 of them stand out from the crowd (no pun intended),

Unbound and Inkshares. One is American, the other British. I submitted the first chapter from my new book (Killing Time), and was accepted, but after reading the small print, I declined their kind offer.

Xander Cansell is Head of Digital at Unbound, and he was curious to know why I was not interested any more… which to me is a good thing, it means they are always looking for ways to improve their service. So I gave him a reply, which he may or may not have liked, but should have been helpful to them. I think it will be usefull for anyone contemplating using a service like this, so I have posted it below:



Hi Xander,

No problem… Primarily I was daunted by the prospect of pushing for the pledges. Whilst I realise that this is the whole point of crowdfunding, it was probably the wording on the web page that struck reality. I have no family to call upon apart from a brother, and not that many friends (writers are a solitary bunch). Those friends I have are already supporting me, but there is no way that I could get an average of £25 from 150 of them, and definately not from work colleagues who would struggle to give £10 for a worthwhile charity.

Then, after all the time sapping emailing of individual messages and updates in the shed (Unbound’s writer’s area), I might, just might make the deadline/s. With the £3,595 raised, approx a quarter goes to admin, the bank and the tax man, leaving approx £2,800 to pay for editing, proofing, cover and typesetting. For that support, and of course the use of your site that gives the push, drive and focus for the building of funds, I would have to sign a 5 year contract that allows Unbound to ‘exploit‘ the content for whatever they deem fit. In addition, you would also get the first option for any sequel, prequel or novel set in the same narrative structure as the first. Whilst I am sure Unbound are a professional group and would listen to any misgivings I would have, it seems a big personal cost for the initial Unbound process that serves primarily as a guide in how to raise that £2,800 (after extractions). Personally, I would rather raise the money myself, through some local support and even getting a temp job and then use the money to get said editing, proofing, cover and typesetting done myself and hold onto my own publishing rights.

Yes, you provide an excellent platform for raising the money, and have a list of editors etc to polish the product and can handle sales, but it is nothing I cannot do myself. Online and via The writers and artist handbook, I can find reputable editors and via Amazon, Ingrame Spark etc I can publish my own book. But… I can also choose for myself to get it made into a paperback and… as I have done recently, go to the few independant bookshops left, and get them to stock it, as I have with my book, ‘The Awakening of Adam Capello’ which has just been ordered by Foyles. In addition, I can buy my own ISBN and therefore be the publisher. Yes, it is not as good as getting a traditional deal with a traditional publisher (in my eyes anyway) but at least I retain the personal freedom to have a paperback and negotiate any TV or Film rights if asked.

So in short:

I was worried about having to raise the money via being pushey to my friends

I was worried about having to go for ideas such as selling character name placement for pledges or a list of sponsers in the back

I think 5 years is too long

I think first option of sequels etc could tie me in for many years as one would lead to another

I’m not sure, but it looks like Unbound would get 50% of any monies received in regards to licensing, TV or film rights, which seems way too high, and that Unbound would be choosing where, or by whom etc.

In regards to my existing book ‘The Awakening of Adam Capello’, I have already had it proofed, typeset, formatted and the cover designed, (right down to making the spine as eye catching as possible) and am selling it worldwide via Amazon (Createspace).  So whilst it could always do with a professional eye to look over it, I’d rather not enter into a minimum 5 year contract with this book. If I was half way through something and it was my first book then I might feel differently, but I have learnt so much in the last 2 years of trying to get it published via an agent and then self publishing, that I feel Unbound do not offer me a service that allows me to sell a paperback as well as Amazon does.

But… I do like the idea of crowdfunding, and think services like Unbound will grow as they evolve into a better fit. I have made many mistakes in the last 2 years in my steep learning curve (I should have purchased my own ISBN for starters) and it would have been great to have professional assistance to guide me on this path, but I’d want it to be less automated, more the personal touch, almost like an online course with human tutorial feedback. Yes I know the shed gives a community of writers, but so does Goodreads etc, but I don’t have to sign a contract for 5 years.

Ahem, sorry, you did ask. I hope that helps answer your question and would be happy to correspond further or chat sometime as I find the whole process fascinating.



M W Taylor


So for anyone considering crowdfunding… please check the small print first.

Blog 4 – Buying your own ISBN


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So you have finally finished your book, eradicated all the spelling and grammatical errors, designed the cover and the blurb for the back page. Your baby is ready to go out into the world!

If, like me, you love the idea of having a traditional publishing deal and want more than anything to see it in print, then go ahead, contact all the agents you can find

… and I’ll deal with that subject another time.

It is a very time consuming process though, as every submission has to be tailor made to the agent you are submitting too. So what do you do whilst waiting for replies etc? I got frustrated, and started publishing in digital form via Smashwords, which is a great platform, but they do not make paperbacks. So I eventually drew up the courage to publish on Amazon, via their service, Createspace.

As part of the sign up process to Smashwords, and Createspace, you have a choice to either use their free ISBN or your own. An ISBN is not copyright, it is purely the right to say who it is published by.

Applying for an ISBN looks daunting with its paperwork and, most importantly, costs £99.99 for just one, or £149.99 for 10… but who wants ten? I’ve only got one book, and blimey, a hundred pounds just to put a bar code on the back! So the free one seems like a no brainer. It is sooooooooo easy, just click the right option boxes and it is yours, for nothing, zilch, nada!

And, if that was not enough, Createspace now seem to have an option of ISBNs to suit different purposes. For just £10, they will even let you put your name down as the publisher. My publishing name is Savant Press, as you can see from this web site.

I have this publishing name because I finally went down the ‘owning my own ISBN’ route. Yes, I wanted the freebie, and to be honest, it served me very well. I was able to publish my book and have it sold all over the world by Amazon and I felt like Stephen King. Wow, I can Google Amazon almost anywhere in the world, and there is my book selling with a whole load of the local lingo wrapped around it. In Japan, Australia, USA, UK, Europe etc, etc.

         And to be honest, if I wasn’t worried about sales or just trying to get my book the best exposure possible and respect that I think it so truly deserves (honestly, it is a fantastic book, but don’t just take my word for it, look at the reviews… I am biased though) then I could just leave it on Amazon to wallow, and tell my friends, family and anyone within earshot that I am a published, international author! It really is as simple as that. But it doesn’t pay the bills, and it doesn’t get it read. So what is the next step? Getting it into bookshops of course.

So I’m standing outside on the street, the book is looking amazing with its new cover, and again I pluck up the courage for my new venture. With my pulse racing and my shoes wanting to walk in the opposite direction, I went inside Foyles flagship bookstore in London and asked to see the buyer. Ben is his name, and after graciously listening to my pitch, he accepted my book to read and decide.

I waited a month before my impatience got the better of me, as I had not heard from him to get any orders. Did he not like my book? Does he hate it?

No, thank goodness. In fact, he quite likes it.

When I went to see him again, he said he had already ordered it. He had tried Createspace, but it was not possible, so he ordered through one of their distributors, Ingram.

Ingram is one of the country’s largest distributors, and used by bookshops everywhere.

But maybe not by Waterstones for some reason (I’m still looking into that) so they use Gardner.

But Ingram then order it through Createspace (Amazon) and they don’t really like each other very much, so they do everything really slowly. Which also means that instead of printing the book in England, which they do if you order on, they print it in South Carolina in the USA… which is madness! All in all, it took about 6 weeks for Foyles to get my book, and they had very few details about it on their system.

Oh Jeez, this is becoming quite a long description… if only writing my new book was this easy.

So I decided that I would publish via Ingram Sparks. the Indie author route to their service, but you have to own your own ISBN. MotherFU$%R! It is not simple. But I did it anyway.

I registered and bought 10 ISBNs

Why 10?

Because every time you make a change to the cover, or even the paper type or whatever strange rule they have, you need a new ISBN. So buying 10 is by far the most economical way to do it. Also, every time you make a change on Ingram, you are charged £25.

Createspace are lovely, they don’t charge you anything and they are a lot more flexible in what changes you can make with your existing ISBN.

Sooooooooooooo, in short, and this is a bit naughty, because any changes should have a different ISBN, or Edition number, but… for the struggling writer, use whatever tools you can.

Soooooooooooo, when you really think it is ready, publish on Createspace and spend the £10 to use your own name, it will help a little as some bookshops don’t like Amazon as a publisher.

Then let it mellow.

Then, after some months, and listening to feedback, review the look of the book and the actual writing. Have any mistakes been found? If not, just change it on Createspace, free of charge.

Hint: When you make a change to createspace, you have to wait 24 hours for it to be checked. When given the thumbs up, publish again without checking, and then order a copy on Amazon. It is by far the quickest and cheapest way to see what it looks like as a book. Only then can you be sure.

After a fair while, and just before you go knocking on bookshop doors, buy / register your own personal ISBN and register with Ingram Sparks and the Neilson publishing list, which populates bookstore owner’s computer systems with info on your book. It takes about 6 weeks to go through.

Then email Createspace and ask them to retire your old title and create a link to your new edition.

Don’t try running the same book with two different ISBNs unless they look very different. It confuses the book buyers and your readers.

So publishing your book on Amazon is fab, very easy, and gives you the ability to give it a test run.

But they are not good as a bookshop distributor, so you will need Ingram Sparks as an Indie writer / publisher

So when you are absolutely certain, purchase your own ISBN to get it on Ingram AND Amazon (via Createspace).

I hope this helps. If you have any questions, just drop me a line from my contact page, it’ll be great to hear from you.



Blog part 3 – Making ends meet



When I was made redundant from the Metropolitan police on 31st December 2015, I was lucky enough to be given an early ‘modest’ pension to stop me panicking about getting work as soon as possible. In a way, it has given me the freedom to start writing my second book, whilst trying to get the first one published. And to be honest, these two projects, take up most of my time and I have never been busier.

That said, I am also trying to earn a little extra so that I can delay going back to full time work for as long as possible, as I feel I am working for myself and never bored. Now I have the luxury of looking for work based on how much fun it might be, rather than it having to be anything I can find, as long as it pays my mortgage.

The first thing I did:

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I signed up for one of the most famous model agencies in the UK, called Ugly…

I’m in pretty good nick for someone over 50 years old, so I thought I might find a slot in the mature modelling market, and fortunately for me now, you don’t have to look like a film star to earn some cash. Within a month I’d secured work with Puregym through Ugly, and a little later, with M&S for their new customer review service. It pays really well, but would never be enough (unless you look like George Clooney) to live on.

As a photographer myself though, it has been fantastic to work with other hugely talented art directors and photographers on a very professional scale. Some of the requests I’ve had in the last two months have been very bizarre, but you only get 1 in 5 of the requests made of you though. Requests made:

To dress up and interact with the crowd at a conference as James Bond… then, in the second half, change into a Ziggy Stardust outfit to do the same.

To dress up as a ‘Ghostbuster’ and ride the new Derren Brown Ghost train at Thorpe park for The Sun newspaper… I’d have done that for free!!!!!!!

To ‘streak’ in front of Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on the Alan Carr show wearing only fleshing underpants! Luckily they wanted someone with a big belly (of which I do not have) so my bluff of saying yes paid off, as it would have been painfully humiliating.

To be a cool dad, playing football with his wife… they are happy… happy because he has had a vasectomy and their sex life has never been so good.

To be an accountant buying flowers for his wife… wow, a normal one.

And today… I had an audition to play a doctor flying a plane whilst talking to a transvestite about HIV. I’m waiting to see if I get the part for next week.

So, if you are quietly confident enough to perform or pose in front of a camera, and have the flexibility to turn up at castings, shoots and auditions at very short notice, then this is a great way of earning a little extra cash to fund the writer in you. AND… it gives tons of new material to work with if you are a comedy writer… it is bonkers!

I’ve also signed up for Ray Knight, to get some film extra work, so looking forward to my first gig very much. The hours are quite long and start early, and don’t really pay that much (Approx £100 per day) but again, you meet some very interesting people, and it can lead to other opportunities.

Okay, my next blog will be more writer orientated, with the question… To ISBN or not to ISBN?

Sprinkled with any new adventures. Have a great week.



Blog part 2 – Adventures in trying to get published


I have always wanted to write… Well, I’ve always had niggling prods in the mind telling me to get something written. When I was younger, much younger, I kept to poetry. It was short and expressive, almost musical. It also made me feel artistic, which, as I am also a photographer, made me feel good. But… truth be told, I don’t really like poetry, at least, no one else’s, so I felt a fraud, after all, how can you expect people to read your poems if you don’t even read poems yourself.

Then came the reality that I wanted to write a book. I lacked a lot of confidence in my grammar, and my handwriting was awful. I’d get writer’s cramp within 5 minutes and be left with a page as unintelligible as a doctors prescription. I thought about getting a typewriter of course, but I didn’t know how to type! Ah, the innocent, pre-Microsoft word days.

Anyhow, at age 48 I finally had a book written via the beauty of word processing and a lifetime’s experience to set me on the right path. The book, as you can probably guess, is: The Awakening of Adam Capello… and it has consumed a good part of my life for the last 3 years.

I thought getting it written would be the hard part, but it pales into insignificance compared to trying to gain the attention of a publishing agent. I wish I’d started a blog as soon as the book was finished, so that I could log all that has happened as it happened, but I was working a 24/7 shift pattern as a crime scene photographer, and juggling that with seeing my kids who come over to stay very often from my ex wife (who is a good friend btw). Oh and navigating the highs and lows of internet dating, which is another book in itself. But on January 1st 2016, a wonderful thing happend. I was made redundant and given a modest pension to keep the wolf from my door. I don’t have to work for a few years at least, so now at last, I can live the life of a writer and give it the time it deserves. I am still working of course, only this time, I’m working for myself, and it feels good.

So I am starting a blog now to try and catch up with my experiences in self publishing, and illustrate to anyone who may take an interest, how difficult it can be to take your work and get it published in the big bad world.

I’ll talk about:

Finding the right agent

Sending them the perfect letter of introduction / synopsis / biog / summary

Going to (and paying for) author events to meet agents etc.

Getting it proof read, and going on to getting it edited professionally

Self publishing vs a traditional publishing deal

New services such as Inkshares and Unbound

Getting an ISBN

Promoting your online profile (such as having a website like this)

Getting your self-published book into book shops

And it will all be wrapped up in how my life is right now, after all, everything I do is intertwined, and this is all part of the big adventure. I have also finallly started writing my next book, with a working title of ‘Killing Time’ and will include a chapter or two to whet the appetite. I’m hoping I might even get a couple of movie trailers made too.

So welcome to my new site, please do say hello and keep checking for new updates which should go out at least once a week.

All the best,


M W Taylor

Blog part 1 – Welcome to the website of Savant Press



Hi, my name is Mark William Taylor… the same M W Taylor that has his name plastered all over the cover of his first book, ‘The Awakening of Adam Capello’. And already I find myself talking about myself in the 3rd form… is that a writer thing, or just me?

This is a brand new website for me, and therefore not completely finished, but I wanted to post my first message to say hi, and let anyone who has read my book leave comments on this site. I’ll also try and keep some more interesting news on my blog, with info on my next book, ‘Killing Time’.