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Buzzing around the buzz words

February 25th. 2017


I launched my latest book, Where the Wicked Dwell, during the week. I used Mailchimp and social media to promote it at a launch price of £0.99. I’ve no way of comparing results with other launches, and I do understand that I could have paid out a lot of money to advertise the launch and see my rankings rise. The highest I did get was 37 in the top 100 paid in the Private Investigators category. I can say I sat proudly above Stephen King…


Added by Michael Parker on February 25, 2017 at 10:35am — No Comments

From BT to Infinity, wireless and powerless

February 18th.


My Wi-Fi became Wi-Fi-less last Monday, due to the incompetence of BT. There probably isn’t the right time to lose your Wi-Fi, unless it’s during the night when you’re asleep. I had decided to change from SKY to BT, and sorted that out over the phone. The planned change was to be 24th. February. But in their wisdom, BT sent an engineer on the 13th. to make the change at 8am (eleven days early). He brought an old router and spent…


Added by Michael Parker on February 18, 2017 at 10:58am — No Comments

Power and absolute power

February 11th. 2017


There are two phrases I often hear: “Power dressing” and “Power nap”. I’ve tried neither, but I do have a new phrase: “Power promoting”. Before 2017 dawned, my idea of promotion and marketing was never really based on a firm foundation of experience, but more a kind of subjective approach which sometimes resulted in a few book sales. I’d listened to the experts, watched the videos and believed I could eventually master the game, but the trouble…


Added by Michael Parker on February 11, 2017 at 10:06am — No Comments

Portrait . . . # Age

Portrait . . . # Age

I Poured my…


Added by Muhammad Ismail on February 8, 2017 at 5:38pm — No Comments

Portrait . . . # Untold

Portrait . . . # Untold

the prettiest…


Added by Muhammad Ismail on February 8, 2017 at 5:28pm — No Comments

You Tube Video


Poetry and Photographs

Added by Don Schaeffer on February 5, 2017 at 5:13pm — No Comments

Buzz Aldrin - HOAX



Added by Leonard Makin on February 5, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Work, work, work. And more work!

February 4th. 2017


Busy week again, but nothing to do with working on my next novel; it’s all about promotion and marketing — the buzz words in the self-publishing game. Can’t do without it unfortunately. It is so time consuming too. During the week I added a few books to Instafreebie and Bookhub. For the Instafreebie site I had to use Calibre to convert to ePub. At first I wasn’t sure I was doing it right, but eventually it all came good and I now have five books…


Added by Michael Parker on February 4, 2017 at 10:55am — No Comments

Portrait . . . # along the road

Portrait . . . # along the road every couple walks together

till the end

along the road


when it bend

even if

one of them


and the other



Added by Muhammad Ismail on January 30, 2017 at 4:46am — No Comments

Portrait . . . # Africa

Portrait . . . # Africa

Added by Muhammad Ismail on January 30, 2017 at 4:38am — No Comments

Portrait . . . # Never Together

Portrait . . . # Never Together

All the couples


Added by Muhammad Ismail on January 30, 2017 at 4:30am — No Comments

In the Mix

January 29th. 2017


Bit of a bumpy week for me with regard to promotion and marketing. I had a Bookbub promotion, which failed to achieve the results I had hoped for. I have just about covered the cost of my investment, but on the bright side I have been able to reach more than 1000 new readers across the world. I can see the results showing up in India, Canada and Australia, which is like a small, but growing market for me.


The other kind of bumpy…


Added by Michael Parker on January 29, 2017 at 10:54am — No Comments

Days to remember

January 22nd. 2107


There were a few dates I had to remember over the past week: my wife’s birthday, our 57th. wedding anniversary, my older brother’s birthday and my older sister’s birthday. Oh, and there was something else that happened: Donald Trump got sworn in as the 45th. United States President. He’s the only one of that lot who could write a book and guarantee it becoming a best-seller. He wouldn’t need any marketing, and promotion…


Added by Michael Parker on January 22, 2017 at 11:26am — No Comments


New album to be released soon dedicated to his wife of 68 years (Toddy)

"I don't want to hang up my Rock 'n' Roll shoes"

Added by Leonard Makin on January 17, 2017 at 11:35am — No Comments

Great Expectations

Looking at my diary I can see January will eventually prove to be a busy month. I submitted my latest book, Where the Wicked Dwell to Kindle Scout. The campaign to attract nominations will run until February 11th. After that, KS will decide whether to offer me a publishing deal. But I need nominations, so how about clicking on the link and nominating my book? That’s all you have to do.…


Added by Michael Parker on January 14, 2017 at 7:02am — No Comments

The Desert

There's something

to teach in the desert- holy words,

not simple words.

'Tis about some thirst.

'Tis about one huge desert,

which is always peopled by

a lot of walkers,

those moribund walkers with small, leaden eyes,

eyes like lost objects

and really not useful

at night.

At night,

many, tiny, miscellaneous stars start to shine

in that unique, leaden sky,

but even so,

it is hard to…


Added by Marieta Maglas on January 11, 2017 at 2:35pm — No Comments

KIndle Scout

My latest book, Where the Wicked Dwell, is now in the Kindle Scout campaign. This means I'll be asking (pleading?) for votes. It would be a great help if you could click the following link and vote for my book. Many, many thanks!



Added by Michael Parker on January 11, 2017 at 5:47am — No Comments

bedroom -Haiku-

the winter sea is

a huge and serene bedroom

for the setting sun…


Added by Takayuki Mori on January 9, 2017 at 5:44am — No Comments

Hopes and Aspirations

January 7th. 2017


So as the New Year rolls in and our resolutions disappear, what are we looking forward to for 2017? I know the kind of things I would like to happen, and excluding the usual hopes for peace in the world and the disappearance of poverty and hunger, I look to material hopes. By this I mean something measureable, something tangible; and although I can’t physically touch my book sales figures, I would certainly hope to see a huge jump over my last…


Added by Michael Parker on January 7, 2017 at 7:04am — No Comments

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