Sailing the Apocalypse on Destiny Survival Radio

I had another interesting conversation with John Wesley Smith recently, this time discussing my latest novel, Sailing the ApocalypseA Misadventure at Sea. John has posted his thoughts about the book in a review on his website: Destiny Survival.

I was pleased to hear that John liked the story a lot, and found it entertaining. My main purpose in writing it was to entertain, but if you take something more from it, that’s good too. Here’s an excerpt from John’s review:

“I believe Scott has hit upon something much bigger than telling an entertaining tale. It has to do with our attitude toward the world as it is and how we will prepare to face what’s coming. Will we see an instantaneous collapse? Or will it be a slow burn? And, most importantly, how should we respond?”

You can read the full review here:

And you can listen to the interview right here:


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Sailing the Apocalypse Paperback Edition Available

I’ve posted this to the subscribers of my newsletter, but I wanted to update here as well to let you know that the paperback edition of my newest book, Sailing the Apocalypse, is available as of today on Amazon.  Click on the cover image below to see the Amazon product page.

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The Kindle edition will go live on Saturday, January 17, so if you’ve preordered it from the links I’ve posted previously, you will receive your copy from Amazon soon.

I’ve also posted an early review of the book on my Bug Out Survival blog. Dave Zeiger is a sailboat designer, boatbuilder and full-time live aboard in Alaskan waters. You can read his take on the new book here.

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Training Dragon Dictation with a Book Update

I’m writing this post today with a new tool: Dragon Dictation 4.0. I installed the Dragon Dictation software on my MacBook Air yesterday, and the first thing that must be done is to train speech profiles for the individual user.  After working with it a few hours, this is the first time I’ve used it for real, so this is a test. Although I’ve been aware of Dragon Dictation for quite some time, it wasn’t until recently that I learned it had improved sufficiently that many authors are using it for writing books.

While I’m a fast typist as long as I stay in practice, Dragon Dictation makes it possible to get more words on the page per minute than any typist could do with a keyboard. But aside from speed, the real appeal of dictation software is the ability to write without being chained to a desk. With the newer versions of Dragon, not only can you dictate speech with a wireless Bluetooth microphone, but you can also use a smart phone or voice recorder to dictate audio that is later uploaded and transcribed to text.

Learning to speak clearly enough and adding the punctuation into the dictation takes some practice, but the accuracy is quite amazing and what I’ve been able to do in just one day leads me to believe buying Dragon was a good investment. I’ll soon put it to a real test composing the manuscript for my next book and will post here to let you know how that goes.

Today, I wanted to post an update on the status of Sailing the Apocalypse. I’ve completed the final draft of the manuscript, and it turned out to be quite a bit longer than I intended when I started. What really surprised me though is my decision that this story is now going to be a series instead of a standalone book. I can easily see the adventure going on, and I’m really starting to like writing these characters and settings, and the crazy situations they keep getting themselves into.

Building on that, it’s natural to continue with the sequel and I intend to get started on it right away. For those of you who have preordered ebook version of the book, I also wanted to let you know that it’s going to be released sooner then the date scheduled on Amazon, which is February 15, 2015. I should  have the editing wrapped up and the final formatting done by the end of the first week in January. If everything goes as expected, that means the book will be for sale around the middle of January or no later than the end. You can still preorder now for just $4.99. The paperback release date price will be announced as soon as it’s finalized.

I want to thank those who have preordered, because strong initial preorders boost the title’s visibility on Amazon and elsewhere, making it easier for new readers who may not be familiar with my work to find this and my other books.

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