Not that I am claiming to write the next great novel ~ RJ Scott: Outside the Margins

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RJ Scott OTMNot that I am claiming to write the next great novel


I said this to someone this week. I had an opinion on stories and publishers and so on and so on. I qualified the statement with “not that I am claiming to write the next great novel”. I have said before that anyone who reads my point of view could just turn around and say – what does she know?

I mean, who the hell does RJ think she is.

It’s the English way to qualify what kinds of things we say with a self-deprecating proviso. I will start sentences with … don’t listen to me but … I’m no expert but… I’m not claiming to be a great writer but…

You get the idea?

But even though I may not be writing the next great novel that generations down the line kids in school will study, I am very certain in what I do write. I write love stories to the absolute best of my ability and I feel every character. All with happy ever afters, hopefully with enough adventure along the way to make the book one that is worth reading. I know what I like and what I don’t like in a book and I am focused on where I go next. I sit and deliberate about order for writing, about marketing, about issue dates, but I can’t force myself to write a book I am not feeling. I know how hard it is to write what you don’t want to.

I have issues with pricing, after things that happened in the past few years I have issues with publishers. I know what it is like to be number one (***) on Amazon, I know what it is like to not get into the top hundred. I have had the worst one star reviews, and the best five star reviews I could wish for, I have seen a publisher fail from a very personal point of view, and I have learned the best ways to market myself. I know me. As an author I am learning every day and I would love to learn from other authors, and from them to say to me… this is the best way I have found of doing X, Y or Z. I would listen to them, and learn. So what stops me from saying what I am really convinced of?

Even though I know enough to talk knowledgably about a lot of these things in the MM sphere I am only just this last few months beginning to be positive about my opinions. I do have them, opinions that is. I am a business woman who’s business is writing, and I should own what I write and be damned proud of myself. Mexican wave ensures

Now who out there wants a pep talk?

**Incidentally I was going to go back and change *number one for top ten, as I didn’t want to give the impression I was boasting. I can be proud of my achievements but I shouldn’t boast to the general public – this is how I was brought up. ROFL. You’ll see I didn’t change it (feels nervous about expected backlash).


cover Title: The Decisions We Make
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Romance

Daniel Keyes is an orphan, fostered by the Walker’s. The product of a lonely childhood, he is thrown into the chaos of the Walker family and into the life of his new foster brother Jamie.

This story is the journey of Daniel and Jamie finding their place in the world. Through Jamie being a victim of hate crime to coming out to family and friends, there are many decisions the boys have to make before they become men.

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~ RJ Scott

About RJ Scott

“RJ Scott has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.

As an avid reader herself, she can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real true love will always be the world of romance where she takes cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and writes dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men.

With over seventy titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway.  She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.

Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.

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4 thoughts on “Not that I am claiming to write the next great novel ~ RJ Scott: Outside the Margins

  1. LOL If you’ve reached number one, then claim that number one! It’s just as humbling as the instances when the top one hundred seems out of reach. 😀

  2. Pppptttt. There are plenty who look up to you, so never doubt what you do know, what you can share. What you experience today can help a person next week, or next year. There are people you look up to. You value their opinion and their expertise. Never doubt you have the same ability, quality, and knowledge.

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