Goole, United Kingdom (PressExposure) February 03, 2012 -- When an industrial accident, five years previously, forced Englishman, Ian Nicholson, into early retirement, little did he know this was to be the start of a life changing experience. To pass the time, while recuperating, he began planning to write a children's book. This was a dream he'd held since childhood, but working long hours, he had little time to do so. Now this was his god given opportunity to begin his dream.
The only problem he had, was his English grammar, so he took courses and used trial and error to teach himself the basics of constructing and writing until eventually he saw positive results. Now he needed something to write on, longhand wasn't an option.
Knowing nothing about computers he taught himself to use one his son had abandoned. Now armed with a little computer knowledge, he began experimenting with writing in different formats. He wrote short stories, poems, letters and anything he thought about for his own personal use. It was only when he saw an add for a story competition that he decided to try his hand and enter. Even though he was unsuccessful the feedback from this was to prove invaluable.
Frustrated by the constant refusal of book publishers and the time it took them to reply to his submissions, he searched for alternative ways to market his books. He considered having them printed in paperback and distributing them him self, but the cost was only viable by having a minimum of a thousand copies printed. This was not considered an option and there had to be another way.
After spending a long time researching different methods of publishing and distribution, he decided on e-Books. However, he needed his own website. He chose a firm with a broad portfolio of business to build it. To cut a long story short the website was a complete disaster and along with it thousands of pounds. He quickly realised that he had been naive into thinking it could be the answer. So not being a quitter he began to search for alternative methods of marketing.
Then like a miracle along came Amazon offering to publish the novel and being able to market it, using print on demand. So he began the slow process of making sure his children's novel, 'Amber And The Demons Of Syrin' was right for his market of 8 years and upwards.
Then finally the first proof was mailed to him. To quote Mr Nicholson "Just seeing and having the book in print, and holding it in my hand, is the first part of my dream and is worth all the five years of frustration, the money and the stress. Now I'm looking forward to the next part of my dream, of the book becoming successful. I would recommend anyone, who wants to write, to get cracking. Dreams are what we hold in our minds and hearts and it takes action to release them."