Over the past year I had highs and lows and even one which turned out to be both-how can that be, you say? Read on and find out.
The period from September to October was my high point, and yet at the same time it became a low point as you will read.
September ended with me beating my harshest critic in a writing contest on Facebook which was run by her friend and the friend's publishing house, but this was the catalyst which lit the fuse to my demise http://alsdomain.weebly.com/1/post/2013/04/i-must-be-good.html#.Upi_KdJdXDM . As time passed and my hopes dwindled into thin air, it became plain to see who won http://alsdomain.weebly.com/9/post/2013/11/she-won.html#.Upi_odJdXDM
October 2012 was the high point for me as my book "Chronicles of Mark Johnson" http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008BEDMSO won the certificate of excellence from http://alsdomain.weebly.com/9/post/2013/06/indiependents.html#.Upi9bNJdXDM
However, this proved to be the final straw for many of my Facebook 'friends' who had for months been spouting about University courses, and degrees and looking down their noses at me. They couldn't stand the thought that an older person with very little other than a basic education and a furtive imagination got some recognition, as a result these former friends chose to desert me.
The big high for the year was that after the debacle when the lady contacted indiePENdents.org to express her views that I wasn't worthy of the prize, her actions brought me to the attention of my editor, Julia, and since then my work has come on better than I had hoped.
Another high was the constant sales-until two months ago-of my best seller "Holding Richmond," http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007CJKK84 which out sold everything else by at least 2:1
While this looks good it is tempered by nearly all sales coming in two spells over the eighteen month period; the first was on its release when it sold 7 in one weekend, at the height of the Twilight craze and the other when it sold another 7 in the period Christmas to mid-January-other than that it sold 7 copies in eighteen months, still better than almost every other book.
Yet another low came in June 2013 when after several months of work with Julia, on the following story to Chronicles of Mark Johnson, I released "The Descent of Mark Johnson," the story had another great write up by Fran Lewis-the New York reviewer-but has not sold a copy.