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  1. ‘Who’ does all the reading ?

    Thanks Hayley... I was expecting a reply like ‘there are more stay-at-home ladies than men’! However, I already know that Vol 1 will be sold to the Army and 'not' made public. (all men) If successful, then both volumes will be made public at a later date. I will be self publishing, because I don’t appreciate the fact that the ‘powers to be’ can chuck 6 years of research in the bin, simply because the next on the pile has Spielberg as the author. The consequence…, no stress ! Have a nice evening. Kind Regards…, Iain.
  2. Hi All… Anyone know the percentage of male/female members actively posting ? On the Historical Fiction page, (the one that interests me the most) there are only 4 men and all the others are ladies. Does this mean that it’s the ladies who buy more books ? Kind Regards…, Iain.
  3. Your Age?

    Looks like I’m now one of your oldest at 71, pushing 72. I’m a serial entrepreneur and when I was 65, I created a watch manufacturing company selling to the British Army. (as I’m not yet allowed to add URLs, just Google ‘Col and MacArthur’) As a hobby-writer, I’ve had dozens of unpublished manuscripts gathering dust in the attic for years and because of it, I sold my shares recently in order to become a full-time author. I’m now working on my first serious piece which includes 6 years of research related to the Battle of Waterloo. However, as time is running out, it must be a success soon because I then intend moving on to music. Lol…, and after that; well, who knows ?
  4. Which country are you from?

    I have a Scottish accent, (Campbeltown Argyll) I live in the south of Belgium (Wallonia) so I speak French all day and every day.
  5. Iain here and thanks for having me.

    Good morning Chrissy… Sorry not to have thanked you for your welcome…, but I was absent exploring Andrea’s site proposition. Not very successful I’m afraid…, in addition, that site frightens me ! In the meantime, I would like to post an historical-fiction question for the book specialists. I believe I would get a better answer here. I’ll try and send it this afternoon. Have a nice day. Kind Regards…, Iain.
  6. Iain here and thanks for having me.

    Andrea and Poppy…, thank you, and thank you for your honesty. I feel slightly embarrassed in accepting your advice, nonetheless, I will certainly check it out. For years I’ve been trying to find a forum not just to learn from but also to share ideas. My first was American…, although I love them, I don’t particularly like their ‘isms.’ Another last month was finally British and despite it being a site for good English, half of them were texting conversations using ‘SMS.’ Also, to tell you the truth, (on this site I’ll probably have a thunder bolt fall on my head for saying it) but I don’t particularly like reading. I usually fall asleep after 10 minutes ! (lol) On the other hand, I’m up every day at 04h00 and write constantly until late in the afternoon. I wish you all the best. Kind Regards…, Iain.
  7. Hi All…, and thanks for having me. ‘Writer’s block’ is the main reason for my presence while living in the hope that someone may be able to provide a few pointers. In the meantime, I’ve noticed that the Forum is dedicated to readers and not writers, so I suppose I’ll have to wait until my ten posts are published before joining the Writer’s Corner. I’m in my early 70’s and left school at the age of 15, so I’m certainly not an intellectual. However, I do have dozens of unpublished manuscripts gathering dust in the attic, where they’ll probably remain until my family decide to bin them. But that’s not my problem ! About six years ago I decided to get down to some serious writing and being a serial entrepreneur, I took it in my stride to take on something which I’m sure many Authors would reject. I’m a former Lance Sergeant in the Pipes and Drums of the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards and I live not far from Waterloo in Belgium. My battalion was on Wellington’s right flank along with the Coldstream and Grenadier Guards…, and I want to ‘rewrite’ the Waterloo history books. (lol) https://www.dropbox.com/sc/o7dyzzs5ih8niq4/AAC6g4k932bIoFowIJ1RLTwFa I am not an Historian…, I prefer the term battlefield detective and because of it, I have discovered things that turn many of the traditional stories on their head. I’ll post this first as a ‘trial’ before going any further. Have a nice weekend. Kind ReGuards…, Iain.