Larger than Life -- 3/24/2005

The following article appeared in the Wisconsin newspaper, THE ARCADIA NEWS-LEADER.
By Brad Bryan

   When the Arcadia News-Leader last caught up with former resident and fantasy author Scot Stone, he had just published
his first book. Since that time success has dealt him an even better hand.

   After graduating from Arcadia High School (WI) in 1990, Scot Stone, son of Arcadia teacher and former wrestling coach
Harland Stone, went on to earn a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from Winona State University (MN) and began
working a day job in the field.

   By night,after his wife and daughter were asleep, Stone tickled the keyboard, churning out his first book, the fantasy genre
novel,
The Chimes of Yawrana.

   A lot has changed for Stone, since those long nights.

   He was able to quit his full-time job as a project manager for a 911 database company in Colorado where he lives.

  Now he writes for three or four hours each day and spends the rest of his time doing what most authors dread, dogged and
relentless self-promotion.

  "Those authors who treat their job as a profession find success quicker than those who don't," said Stone.

  Besides constantly updating his web site, Stone attends book signings and works with the media to get word out about his
books.

  That degree in Mass Communications came in handy after all.

  Stone says that booksellers are continually amazed at how many books he sells at signings. Actually, says Stone, its how he
markets himself at signings that makes the difference.

  His second book, actually the second installment in a five-part series,
The Ice Shadows of Arna has rolled off the presses
and will be released on August 15.

  Two books published in just about one year would be enough to satisfy most young, up-and-coming authors, but Stone's
star is on the rise.

  He recently announced that he has sold the film option rights to his first book, and another unpublished book.

  "Everyone is searching for the next "Lord of the Rings," said Stone.

  Although he cannot disclose the name of the California-based executive producer, Stone did say that both
The Chimes of
Yawrana
and a Christmas book he wrote, Stroke of Midnight Toys, may find their way to the silver screen.

  No dates have been given nor any guarantees made, but, says Stone, this is the first step in turning a book into a movie.

  "Nothing's guaranteed until you see it in writing," said the already book savvy author.

  Having an agent--Stone recently signed with The Belfrey Literary Agency--who knows movies and publishing, and has
Hollywood contacts, is at least one of the reasons the books are being considered.

  "It's hard to get an agent with as many links (as she) into Hollywood," said Stone.

  He signed with the agency in July, 2004 after meeting with a representative at a writers' convention in Seattle.

  "The publishing world is not just about writing good books," said Stone.

  "You have to position yourself in the marketplace to give your books the maximum exposure they need to become
successful. Word of mouth always helps, but any other way you can find to give your novels that extra boost, go for it."

  Stone says that he writes his novels to be like movies.

  Still, success has not allowed Stone to yield to complacency. His already completed third book in his "Snowtear Wars"
series already has garnered a contract offer from his new publisher, Behler Publications. And, he is 200 pages into the fourth
book and hopes to have the series completed by 2006.

  Having cut his teeth on J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" books, Stone says that he plans on sticking with the fantasy
genre.

  He said that he may consider beginning another series. A marketing tool in itself, said Stone, readers are drawn into a series
because they care about the characters and want to see what eventually happens to them.

  Scot Stone will be in the area this fall for several area book signings. He may make the Sesquicentenial's local authors'  
table if time allows.