Friends of the Library welcomes Scott Nicholson from Boone

August 26, 2013

Boone author Scott Nicholson will be at the Ashe County Public Library Friends of the Library meeting at 11 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, in the Friends/Community Room, to explain self-publishing, digital download publishing, and how to survive as a published author.

Nicholson is a Boone-based writer who is often the “go-to guy” for national publications like USA Today when checking the pulse of this new type of publishing.

Scott has written 15 thrillers, 60 short stories, four comics’ series, and six screenplays. He lives in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, where he tends an organic garden, successfully eludes stalkers, and generally lives the dream. He’s online at

Nicholson has written hundreds of songs and poems and was a musician in a former life. A newspaper reporter, he won three North Carolina Press Association awards. He’s had the usual collection of odd jobs: dishwasher, carpenter, painter, paranormal investigator, baseball card dealer, and radio announcer. Now he haphazardly trades words for magic beans and uses “haphazardly” as often as possible while decrying the overuse of adverbs.

Entering the digital era with a vengeance, Nicholson is releasing original titles and collections while conspiring to release interactive books in the near future, building audio files, video and collaborative fiction projects. He also launched eBookSwag to embrace the future of free ebooks.

Nicholson won the grand prize in the international Writers of the Future contest in 1999. That same year, he was first runner-up for the Darrell Award. He studied Creative Writing at Appalachian State University and UNC-Chapel Hill. He has been an officer of Mystery Writers of America and Horror Writers Association and is a member of International Thriller Writers and inaugural member of the Killer Thriller Band.

Unfortunately, they never taught him to write: he had 105 rejections before his first story sold and over 400 before he sold a novel. He hasn’t learned much from his mistakes but thinks he’ll probably improve with practice. If nothing else, he’s become a better liar.

His website features author interviews, articles, and fiction excerpts. Bad relationship advice. Humor. Gardening tips. Subliminal tricks to sell his books. That sort of thing.

Over the last several years publishing traditional books has become more difficult for writers as book stores have closed down, publishers have cut back on publishing new titles, and agents have become more reluctant in taking on new clients. What has changed for writers, however, is that technology now allows them to reach their audiences while bypassing publishers, agents and book stores.

The Friends of the Ashe County Public Library is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization whose members are advocates for the library and who are the fundraisers for the library through the Friends Gift Shop. Several additional programs are provided by the library each year through the generosity of community donations of gently used books and basket materials. Membership is only $5 per person per year.