The sales figures aren’t bad today, but I don’t have a single customer review on amazon.com and therefor have absolutely no idea of how my book has gone over with the reading public. In fact, I probably can’t prove there is a reading public.
Behold! in Kindle format will cost you $4.99. In paperback (so you can read it in bed, like I do) it’s an exorbitant $18. I think that’s less than it costs to go to the movies anymore. Yeah, that’s another nice little amenity in life that’s pretty much vanished. Unless you don’t mind shelling out for yet another comic-book movie with a wokie subtext… but I digress.
So how about it, Ms. and Mr. Public? Do you like the book? Don’t worry about crushing me by saying “no, it was bloody awful.” ‘Cause I know it isn’t!
With Patty’s surgery set for Friday, we find it just a little hard to concentrate, and find a need for something else to think about.
I look forward each day to editing Bell Mountain No. 15, Oceans of Time. No. 14, Behold!, flows very nicely into it. Editing can be a soothing way to pass the time. Not that you can count on that. There are editing assignments that can be quite hair-raising.
Anyway, after Oceans we’ll have the story of King Ozias in three books, the first of which has been written–Ozias, Prince in Peril. Ozias lived some 2,000 years before the events described in the first 15 books, so expect a lot of changes.
Uh… Why do we have this picture of a great big salamander with jaws that could take your hand off?
Well, now, haven’t you read any number of books that would have been significantly improved by the addition of a giant salamander? I know I have. But in this case the plot demands a giant salamander. You’ll see…
I don’t expect to be treated as a celebrity; but it’d be nice if my hometown library had my books on its shelves… especially after I’ve donated them.
My Hometown Fans
Well, our local library has degenerated into a Far Left elitists’ sandbox, so my books are relegated to the same shelf as Mrs. Clara Pinball’s recollections of downtown Sayreville. Which is not to insult Mrs. Pinball–but just try getting that book published professionally. And just try getting it onto the library shelves that people actually look at.
Not to be thin-skinned about it–but yeesh! Most people can’t even imagine how hard it is to get a book published by a publisher who’ll pay you for it. For every one who succeeds, there are thousands, or tens of thousands, who don’t. And it doesn’t even have that much to do with the individual merit of a book.
Maybe it’s voodoo.
Every now and then I remember that this blog is supposed to get people interested in my books. Here’s a review by Robert Knight of Book 2 in the series, The Cellar Beneath the Cellar.
A Superb Sequel Takes Bell Mountain Readers on a Wild Ride by Robert Knight
How about it, folks? My Bell Mountain series has grown to 13 books, with two more being prepared for publication and another being written. I don’t mean you should skip No. 1, Bell Mountain, and start with No. 2: Bob’s review of Cellar just happened to be handiest.
Fantasies written from a Biblical point of view–that sums ’em up, I guess. It won’t cost you anything to click “Books” on our home page and get acquainted with them. And you’ll find some more reviews in the Archives.
You’ll want to steer clear of this beach.
Take an ill-assorted group of people who don’t get along, but now have to pull together if they’re going to survive: because their cruise ship sank and they’re stuck on a desert island… with pirates… and Komodo dragons.
I had to move some things around yesterday, and I found one of my old manuscripts from 1997. I called it Dragon, and the plot is described above.
I dipped into it, just out of curiosity–and I got hooked! It reminds me of a lot of books by John D. MacDonald. Maybe because I read a lot of books by John D. MacDonald.
There were also a bunch of rejection slips from publishers and agents, thanks-but-no-thanks. I have no reason to believe that every single book they published was better than mine. I think it was quite good, for the kind of book it was.
In 1997 I was still writing because I wanted to be a writer and my writing served me. Now I’m happy to be a writer and my writing, I hope, serves God. I can’t say that Dragon can make any claim of doing that.
But I think I can enjoy it.
These were very nice little reviews, and I was very glad to get them.
Meanwhile, all across the country, people are reading less and less. When I was in high school I began to wonder if they weren’t trying to discourage us from reading: it’s the only way I can explain assigning Silas Marner to American tenth-graders. We also had to read The Forsyte Saga. If that doesn’t put you off reading, you’re made of very stern stuff.
So, yeah, I’m trying to get some more of you to read my books. I mean, that’s why I wrote them, isn’t it?
And you can order them right here on this blog! Just click “Books” on the Home page and find out all about it.
It was going to be my big break. My books were going to be reviewed by a big-name critic I had actually heard of.
Until he decided they were so crawling with subliminal Calvinism, he shouldn’t even mention them.
Are My Books Biased?
These are fantasy novels. They depict an imaginary world. I detest fantasies that remind me I’m only looking at words on paper. For me to load Bell Mountain with sly Calvinist insinuations would be to break my own rules.
Who we are is always going to have a bearing on what we write. Otherwise we wouldn’t be writing in the first place. If I wanted a Greek Orthodox slant to my story, I’d have to work and study hard to acquire it. Much of who we are is what we’re used to.
I don’t think my books are biased against one particular branch of Christianity or another. I try not to be. This blog serves readers of many different denominations–or no denomination. I rather hoped my books would do the same.
Well, now you know how to get an unfair, dishonest, non-review removed from amazon.com’s customer reviews page.
I was gratified when it took readers only a day to get amazon to delete the personal attack against me, disguised as a review of my book.
Ta-dah! Thank You, Readers
Remember: they’re always looking to stifle us. “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance” is no exaggeration.
Having said all this, I would like to re-assert my firm conviction that to burden a fantasy world with junk from the, ahem, real world is very bad fantasy. I mean, if the Elf turns to the Dwarf and says, “We must learn to celebrate diverse lifestyles,” that is lousy, rotten, unforgivable, stupid, howlingly awful fantasy.
And I take great care never to do it!