Saturday, December 6, 2008

Amazoning Myself

Amazoning yourself: Similar to Googling yourself except the name/title search is done on Amazon. I bought a distribution deal from Lulu.com ages ago and finally used it with Scary Mary. It wasn't a bright move. When you sign-up for distribution through Lulu, you're book is set in stone. No changes are allowed without paying close to $80. But I'd paid over twice that for the distribution deal so felt I HAD to use it.

I peeked into Amazon tonight to see if it had showed up in their catalog yet, and was surprised to see that it had, but even more surprised by the cover image. They've somehow gotten a copy of an ancient cover. One of the early ones. Possibly the first. I don't know how that happened. I don't know why Lulu would even save that image after I uploaded a new one, but it's what's appearing on Amazon, and they're saying the book was published in 2006. Not sure why that is either. That was probably when I bought the distribution deal, but I never activated it until recently. I used a few feedback links on the Amazon page to try and get it corrected, but I don't think anything will happen. I guess I'll have to contact Lulu and ask them what's up. It's all very strange, but it is nice to see that the book is at least appearing. I checked Barnes and Noble, but it isn't there yet, though when it does appear, it will probably be the same as Amazon's, unless something's done. I'm definitely not buying a distribution deal for Unicorn Bait.

ETA 12/08/08: It's fixed! I got an email from Amazon saying they removed the wrong image and now the right one is there! Yippee! Now, if someone wants to go and write a review, I'll name my fictional first born after you.

I just noticed that they have the reading level set at ages 9-12. Where the heck did that come from? I don't neccessarily disagree, but I don't know if that's absolutely correct. Maybe 12&up. I'm just happy that the cover's right!

Gasp! Barnes and Noble has it now too! And they have the right cover!

Hmm, I'm curious by the 'in stock' text on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I somehow doubt they have copies in their warehouses, but I'm sure they'll be happy to get some if orders come in ;-)

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