Overcoming Adversity to Publish Book
by Rick Moore
Scott Sergent (Delta Delta–East Tennessee State ’85), writing under the pen name of Ivan Scott, has released his second novel, Redhead in a Blue Convertible. It’s the story of a Georgia doctor whose life crumbles when she loses a patient, and how she learns to appreciate her life again when she meets the owner of a blue convertible whose time on earth is short.
Sergent (pronounce sir-gent) isn’t like a lot of authors, in that he is dyslexic. Fighting that uphill battle to begin with, he received 303 rejection letters from book publishers he sent the book to. Undeterred, he didn’t give up, making the decision to self-publish.
“I believe the only person who can stop you from your dreams, is you.”
“I believe the only person who can stop you from your dreams, is you,” Sergent says. “If you have a dream, and you are willing to work hard and convince yourself that nothing can defeat you, then the outcome is never in doubt.”
“You have to be thick-skinned too,” he continues. “There will be detractors. There will be times when you doubt yourself. There were times I would think to myself, ‘I can’t do this. I’m not good enough. I don’t have the money or the time, or the intelligence to win.’ Then the next morning, I would look at my laptop and say, ‘Today is a new day and I will continue the fight. I will not be defeated. Not today. Not any day.’”
Sergent says that his time as a KA brother definitely had an impact on him in terms of making him the successful writer he is today.
“When I first became a KA, I was the usual 18-year-old freshman who didn’t understand teamwork, sacrifice or leadership,” he says. “I was taught that being a part of a team was more important than being an individual. There were times our president would pull me aside, and instead of giving me a lecture when I wasn’t living up to not only KA standards but my own standards as well, he would quote from the Varlet, and it hit home so much more than if he had yelled at me. I thought about those days, especially when I wavered on the long road to writing the book, and it helped me get through the tough times. I also thought about a few of my brothers that I am still close to today, and how proud I would be to tell them all about the book, since we have been through the good and bad days together.”
And whether it was a conscious goal in the beginning or not, Sergent is an inspiration to anyone who is climbing a mountain to reach a goal. “I hope one day there is a writer out there who, in the face of adversity, will remember that your glory is never denied, only delayed, and you’ll get there eventually.”
Redhead in a Blue Convertible is available on Amazon.com, and BarnesandNoble.com, as well as audiobook distributors like iTunes, Nook and Audible.