have been writing stories since I was a teenager,
for those interested in my witting career I have
scribbled this at the bottom of the page, right now
I want to engage anyone who would like to make some
money from my writing, either or
themselves or for one of the good causes The
Sunshine Smile Crew supports.
My first book was published in
1992 when I wrote under the pen-name of Jonathan
Flie. At that time I was also writing newspaper and
magazine features under the same name. Today I use
the pen-name Max Robinson. See below.
I am an accepted Amazon Author
with a number of books currently available in Kendal
format and others in traditional paperback. I write
for fun, I write for pleasure, I write to encourage
others to write, I do not write to make money. That
is until now, if The Sunshine Smile Crew is to
achieve its 2020 Vision we need money.
Money but not money which, had it
not been intercepted, would have reached a good
cause. If a good cause were to say Here's
fifty quid to pay for printing and postage I
would say NO. Since The Sunshine Smile Crew
began operation we have never taken a single penny
from any good cause we support. I am here proposing
a way to find the money we need for 2020 Vision and
if a good cause wishes to get involved then there is
money as well for them.
are Amazon millionaires. I am not one of them but I
would suggest my books are equal to the best
sellers. The only difference is I do not promote my
If you click the cover on the
left you can download the DRAFT book I am currently
working on. I emphasise DRAFT, it has numerous
typo's and there are bits and pieces I will want to
put in a slightly different way. I am currently
writing about 5,000 words a week. The total typed up
right now stands at 12,000, I have another 5,000 to
add and plan for the book to finish up at about
40,000 words. A novel has an average of 65,000 words
so this is what is called a novelette. If you
take a look at the text you will see that the style
and content would not work if it were too long.
Royalties for the finished work,
I plan to have it published by the end of January
2020, will be in the order of 20p per copy. Amazon
deducts tax at source so this is a Net income.
If the book sold 100 copies
across 2020 that is a net income of £20 - big deal.
If sales reached 1,000 we are talking £200 which
Amazon would not consider to ve very good. 10,000
and Amazon may start to take notice of the
scribbling of Max Robinson where royalties would
achieve £2,000. Amazon is interested in its Top One
Hundred Authors. If this book pitched in at number
100 we would be looking at 100,000 and royalties of
£20,000. If it made number one then 1,000,000 sales
and £200,000. If I just write the book, publish it
and leave it there then I will be lucky if it sells
10 copies !
As of 4th January 2020 my total
sales for the year so far have reached just nine,
nice across my entire bookshelf. Amazon puts up a
monthly prize fund for its top authors, in November
2019 it was $26.1 million.
My proposal is that I write and
for each book there is a marketing manager. That
marketing manager used Amazon's own systems and
social media to sell the book. YouTube has
vast potential, if a man in his twenties can make a
fortune reviewing chicken shops then there is
potential for Max Robinson.
I will take 50% of royalties each
month, money I will use to fund the growing costs
for The Sunshine Smile Crew in 2020 Vision. The
marketing manager takes 50% either for himself or
for a good cause he is involved in. This is a
As The Sunshine Smile Crew has
demanded more and more of my times so I have
dramatically slowed down my writing output. Within
2020 Vision this will change. Writing will become a
form of relaxation for me as well as making money.
In early 2018 I started writing a
book The Fantasies Of A Geriatric DJ. The whole work
is finished in my head, once the ramblings story is
done I plan to pick up and finish this book. To
encourage me I want to wrap this into the 2020
Vision project Rocking & Rolling For The Food Bank
with people sponsoring me to finish the book by
Easter. Sponsoring me by
tins and packets to The Food Bank. I would like to
find a marketing manager for this book.
The first book I had published,
published in traditional format, was a book for
children. I thought that my writing career would be
as a children's author but it did not work out that
way. I have had in mind for several years to
write a book called The Lonely Ghost. Te cover image
here is of a folly in the National Trust Gardens at
Stowe, near Buckingham. I have ideas but not a
working plot. When I have finished writing Fantasies
Of A Geriatric DJ I want to work on this story,
again I will be looking for people to encourage me
and to sponsor me by donating tins to The Food Bank.
Roald Dhal would not have
achieved the fame he did, and indeed make the money
he did, without his works being illustrated by
Quentin Blake. Exactly the same applies to the
Paddington Bear and Winnie The Pooh stories. As well
as finding a marketing manager for The Lonely Ghost
could I find an illustrator ?
I believe my book The Bridge
House is by far my best work. If you click on the
cover you will find it both in e-book and paper book
formats on Amazon. LOOK AT THE PRICE !
I over illustrated this book
throughout with photographs and that has made the
work prohibitive. It took me nearly two years to
write this and I intended to donate all royalties to
Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham but there have
Setting modesty aside I believe
this is a potential best seller on Amazon but not in
its present format. If it could be edited to achieve
a price of £4.99 in paper back then a place in the
Amazon Top One Hundred is highly possible.
I wrote my first published book
for my son Peter's 12th birthday, he is now 39
! I then wrote a book for Rebekah - The Wold
Adventures of Di Central Eating but I never got my
act together so it did not become the follow up to
that first book Peter's Magic Fountain Pen. Both
books are available on Amazon, again click the
covers to check them out on my bookshelf.
speaking The Wild Adventures Of Di Central Eating is
not a child's book although a child could happily
read it, I regard it as an adult's view of a child's
life. While fiction there is a grain of truth behind
every adventure, a grain of truth taken from my own
The e-book version of Di Central Eating is on Amazon
for 99p I believe if it were illustrated and
marketed it could become a best seller.
I have tried many time to find an illustrator, I
have tried and failed to work with different
schools, I even though of a Bristol graffiti artist.
I am wondering now if a family may like to take on
2020 Vision in The Sunshine Smile Crew needs to
deepen my pocket so I can pay for what we want to
achieve. I have not coasted sending one
thousand Smile Cards a month to different Ronald
McDonald Houses round the world. At The Dreamsai
Lunch of Love it is my pockets currently funding
things like Tombola of Love and Freebie Box. I do
want to involve more people with that area of our
work but right now it is my pocket funding
everything. The same with bananas, pineapples and
coconuts in the weekly fun promotion for The Food
Peter's Magic Fountain Pen is available in
e-book format for 99p.
Let me ramble through other titles on the Max
Robinson bookshelf. Covers are all below, just click
them to find the works on Amazon.
AN INTERVIEW WITH FLIGHT SERGEANT BILLY:
Billy was the uncle I never knew, my father's older
brother. He died before he had reached his 21st
birthday when his Lancaster Bomber was blown up by
enemy fire over Germany on 8th March 1945. Nobody
knows what happens, in this book I meet up with my
uncle and he tells his story. You will find a theme
of time travel and multi universes in much of my
writing. Peter's Magic Fountain Pen is a time travel
story and there is a chapter in The Ramblings Of A
Silly Old Man where I go back to 1967 and The Summer
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BILLY HARDCASTLE: It is
not the same Billy in this novel. As a student
teacher I lived in Bletchley Park for three years,
the park is at the centre of this book.
THE CASE FILES OF DAVE McDERMOTT: I put a
survey out on Twitter to find the most popular genre
of fiction. Crime function was the overwhelming
answer. I gave it a try and thoroughly enjoyed
writing in that area. You will find my style of
writing and the way Detective McDermott works
different. One day I would like to write more crime
fiction. One day !
MECHANICS -A TIME TRAVEL TRILOGY: I want my
writing to inspire others to write. I believe that
Enid Blyton is the greatest childrens' writer ever.
Although she is heavily criticised for being racist.
sexist and writing within shallow plots she
inspired, in her time, more children to write books
than any other author including Rhoal Dahl and J K
Rowling. In Quantum Mechanics I time travel to three
different destinations within the life of my family.
The book challenges the reader to think of three
locations and times within his/her family and write
a story about them.
THINGS WERE DIFFERENT IN MY DAY: I hated
school, it was monochrome and uninspiring. Strange
how I ended up as a teacher myself. This is my
THE STORY OF A TEENAGE ENTREPRENEUR (FAILED):
Leaving school I went into retail management as a
trainee. I was going to take the high street by
storm and become a multi millionaire. Not the word
FAILED in brackets. I never did become a retail
magnate, I changed the direction of my life and went