Neil Capstone



Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Two things: the advent of e-books and my discovery of poetry.

Before e-books I never seriously considered the prospect of writing a book; the traditional routes into publishing seemed arcane and otherwordly - it was simply something that other people did. I had a vague hankering after creative writing, but my early attempts appeared stilted in comparison with the works of my favourite authors, which seemed to flow so effortlessly. (I now know that's an illusion: even the most talented authors have to work hard to polish their product enough to deserve a readership!)

When I tried my hand at poetry I knew I'd found my metier: I found myself able to express my ideas with a power and elegance I couldn't hope to match in prose. And, with that, my need to share those ideas grew...
Has the indie route delivered on its promises?
Well, the mechanism works as advertised! It takes effort to get right, but there's lots of help available via active community forums. Tools and processes are under continuous improvement, all the time looking to remove obstacles and make the experience as painless as possible. I'd say that there's no reason now why anyone (with talent and a work ethic) can't turn out quality work via the indie route - which is pretty much what it promised.

However, by removing all the previous "checks and balances", the indie route has also lowered the quality "bar to entry" into book publishing and stimulated massive over-supply. It has moved the serendipity from the publishing process to the selection process - the challenge is now how to find the oases in a vast desert. If fame and fortune was part of the promise, well - perhaps that bit was over-sold.
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Where to find Neil Capstone online


Ella's Flight
Price: Free! Words: 2,180. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Emotions
Out of the blue one morning, 19 years after we split, came a vision of my first love, Ella: dead, lying in a coffin on some foreign shore, surrounded by strangers in mourning, and no place for me. It tore a void in my soul and I turned to poetry to cope: Ella's Flight is a collection of 18 poems on the theme of 'first love lost'. It would mean a lot to me if you were able to connect with them...

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grief    loss    love    poetry