Brian Paone, a man for all seasons

He’s the creator of a Facebook writing group with 27,000 members, an author, a father of four, a musician, and an officer of the law. Brian Paone is definitely a man for all seasons. A native of Massachusetts, he left the Bay State and settled in North Carolina. From New Bern he controls a group of aspiring writers on Facebook with a membership that almost matches the number of inhabitants of his home town. So what does he have to say for himself? Why did you create this huge Facebook group? Is world domination your ultimate aim?

“I own an indie publishing company called Scout Media. Originally, my business partner and I wanted Scout Media to be less of a publishing company when we started in 2013 and more of a place to help aspiring authors learn about distribution, marketing, formatting, editing etc. In 2014, I realized there were groups on FB that were doing exactly what we were trying to do with Scout Media, so we redirected our focus and decided to turn Scout Media into a publishing company that publishes unknown or aspiring authors instead. Then, in 2015, I founded Fiction Writing, and that became the epicenter for aspiring authors to go to ask any questions they want about the publishing process, including critique etc. Now Scout Media published the «Of Word» series instead: a yearly anthology that includes authors from all over the world. We are releasing the 4th Of Words book early 2018.” Why do you think so many have joined your group?

“Word of mouth, we offer an opportunity to be traditionally published in our Of Words anthologies, we keep spam off the page, and monitor the traffic very closely so the discussions stay focused on writing.” What would say is the most common problem that an aspiring writer faces? Is it the language, plot construction, the premise of the story, what?

“Marketing and promotion. They think, just because the book is finished and is now listed on Amazon, that their job is done. When in fact, if you want anymore more than your mother or Uncle Bob to read it, your job has just started.” As a writer, who would be your role-model, and why?

“Stephen King. With 75+ titles published, the legions of fans, and the ability to churn out high-quality novels year after year, is a true testament to his skills” Your novel, Welcome to Parkview (2010), describes the dark underbelly of a small town. Is this inspired by your experiences as a policeman in New Bern?

“No. I’ve been in law enforcement since 2002, and Welcome to Parkview was started in 1991 and the first draft was almost completely finished in 2001. So the bulk of that novel was written before I even stepped into my first police job in Peabody, MA in 2002. I finished the book in 2008 (just the last 2 chapters needed to be written), and then it was in editing all through 2009, and then published in 2010.” Describe “A Journey of Words?”

“It’s the 3rd book in the Of Words series, which is a yearly anthology that my publishing company releases that includes authors from all over the world. A Matter of Words was the 2015 book, A Journey of Words was 2016, A Haunting of Words was 2017, and A Contract of Words will be 2018. Each book has anywhere between 21 – 35 stories from different authors.” You’re a musician and policeman as well as a writer, and a father of a large brood, how on earth do you find the time?

“Sleep is for the weak” This band of yours, Transpose, is it any good?

“If you enjoy bands like the Deftones and Thursday” So if you were to succeed immensely in one of your pursuits, which one would it be? Would you rather be a DA, a musician or a writer full time?

“In a successful band, releasing a new album every three years and touring for a full year, and then publishing a new novel in the spare year.”


Brian Paone is the vocalist & key board player of Transpose.
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