You’re right, it was a bit overwhelming, reading the initial beta reader’s reactions. I guess I struck several nerves with this book, as all of the reactions to it have been very visceral, almost emotional. And you’re right, now comes the hard part, now comes the time when I have to market and promote the book and advertise it, and when I’m lucky, give an interview like this. The questions do come up. I mean, I get it. Those who helped revise and edit ‘The Big Picture’ represent different native language speakers, educational levels, nationalities, and religious faiths. So, some of their reviews do sound hyperbolic:
“Like ‘Imperium’, if Francis had been less tedious, and had testicles…”
“This book could change how the Alt Right thinks about the Alt Right.”
“Nietzsche would say that Roper went a bit too far, but that’s why Nietzsche’s dead.”
“The ‘Mein Kampf’ of the 21st century…”
That’s an awful lot to live up to, so I decided that instead of trying to counterbalance their stated impressions with fake-sounding humility, I’d just run with it.
(Laughing) Sure, that’s one way to put it. I went full Monty Python:
“Encompassing the collective wisdom of the human species throughout history in one easily accessible, portable volume, ‘The Big Picture’ has been called “the handbook of the Alt Right”. This literary mini-encyclopedia, a veritable written internet, anthologizes clickable interfaces in brilliant black and white colors. Also serves as a convenient snack mat or coaster! Banned for possession in Israel and several of its client states even before publication, this nonfiction philosophical treatise was written with those who like to read and think in mind. Are you tired of stumbling around blindly, in an ignorant haze, perplexed by the world around you? What if there was a book that could make sense of your apparently meaningless existence? Are you searching for a reason to live? Do you have the money to purchase ‘The Big Picture’? If so, then this is the book for you! Thousands of brilliant and essential words, many of them arranged in coherent, complete sentences in paragraph form, for page after page, chapter after chapter! Never before published in this order; well, the chapters and pages perhaps, but not the words. Turn it over, look admiringly at the cover, and you’ll be amazed by ‘The Big Picture’! Even MORE inside.”
Well, yes, there are reviews and descriptions of all of my books on the Amazon page, where people can order print paperback copies of each of them from their choice of secondary vendors, too, if they prefer. The hyperlink for readers to click on to go there is:
Readers can just copy and paste that into their browser window, if they want to take a shortcut. I’m all for shortcuts.
Somewhat surprisingly, ‘Hasten The Day’ remains my best-selling book, even though, or perhaps because, it was my first published fiction novel. In addition to selling more copies in all formats than any other, it also has received the most reviews, the majority of which have been very positive. ‘Glome’s Saga’ and ‘Look Away’ do very well, also.
My best-selling nonfiction book has without a doubt been ‘The Balk’, so far. I sometimes find myself wondering if their shared success doesn’t reflect the reflected themes of the two books, which are mutually complimentary. I guess I’ll leave it to my readers to decide for themselves whether that’s the case. Now that the election’s over, everybody is talking about balkanization, but just remember, folks, you heard it here, first…well, after Dr. Brent Nelson and Tom Chittum, anyway. After them, you heard it here, first.