Monarch_0047 copy copyDay 26 of The Big Picture Publishing Plan and no sales, no reviews – it’s like a boycott (I should be so lucky).

Wattpad shows the first three chapters of The BIG PICTURE have received 43 reads, up three in the last week; Forest Primeval, my current wip is at 430 reads, up 19 in a week. My website has recorded 654 hits up 132 in a week.

All of which means – nothing.

I’ve added a subtitle – A Camera, A Young Woman, An Uncompromising Ethic. This after having difficulty finding my own book on the internet. Amazon lists 86,053 books whose title include the words The BIG PICTURE. The only way to differentiate my book was to add this subtitle. Now if I search under The BIG PICTURE – A Camera, A Young Woman, An Uncompromising Ethic bingo, there it is.

Here’s some free advice – before you publish, check Amazon for similar titles.

I continue to Tweet daily to no avail and I mean no avail. My Twitter analytic tab shows the following:

Impressions – the number of times users saw your tweet in the last 28 days = 0

Engagements – the number of time users have interacted with a tweet including profile, picture, hash tags, links, retweets, followers, replies, favorites = 0

Bublish has generously allowed me upload The BIG PICTURE – A Camera, A Young Woman, An Uncompromising Ethic without upgrading – without going from free to pay, and post excerpts and the insights.

The sight works fine but I’m having some interesting communications with these people about the relevance of the concept – that readers want to connect with authors, and establishing this relationship will result in increased book sales.

I know I don’t want to talk to the author’s whose books I read, and you obviously don’t want to communicate with me (it’s alright, I understand since the feeling is mutual).

I’m also getting the same response from a new feature on Goodreads called “Ask the Author” which the moderators suggested I activate on my Author’s Dashboard to allow readers to ask questions. So far, no readers have asked why I’m so stupid to write fiction or anything else for that matter.

In case you haven’t been checking your spam file, the new path to bestseller success being flogged is the idea of “establishing a relationship with readers”. I’m thinking this theory amounts to about the same as “friending” strangers on Facebook, encouraging a flock of “followers” on Twitter, or increasing your “tribe” on Tribr, and that is, in my experience, and in the findings of more and more industry professionals, little or nothing.

Bublish is out to prove me wrong. I’ve tended to be a bit testy on this subject and I must say they’ve very patient with me – so far.

In the face of all this, this – what is the word I’m looking for – foolishness, folly, how about failure, I’ve decided to run a “Price Promotion” for my book on Amazon. Beginning at 8 am, Sept. 5, the price of The BIG PICTURE – A Camera, A Young Woman, An Uncompromising Ethic drops to 99¢; then rises to $1.99 on Sept. 8; and back up to the full price of $2.99 on Sept. 12

It’s hard to believe that two dollars will make a difference.




My new novel, The BIG PICTURE – A Camera, A Young Woman, An Uncompromising Ethic is now available on Amazon at


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