Sunday, February 12, 2012

No, I haven't published a new book.

(I wasn't going to comment on this here, but I forgot about the Goodreads widget in the sidebar, so felt my hand was forced.)

You may notice a new book by S.A. Hunter.

It isn't me.

It seems someone else has chosen to publish under this name. I'm not sure how to deal with this. The other S.A. Hunter has also written a fantasy novel. Goodreads has linked the book to my profile, and iTunes pulls the book up when you click the link "Other works by this author". Amazon has a clear delineation between us, but confusion is inevitable. I'm not sure why this other S.A. Hunter decided to use this particular moniker. When I Google myself or search on Amazon, I appear and thus would indicate that using that particular author name may be ill-advised, but I don't know. Maybe I'm inflating my own importance, but it is rather troubling.

The other S.A. Hunter is already on Facebook. Again, that isn't me. I haven't published a page yet. (And doesn't that sound inevitable? You can still vote in the poll and sway me.)

Right now, I'm trying to decide if I should approach this author and/or her publisher. Asking someone to change their author name seems highly presumptuous, but I picked my author name because it was rather distinctive. (And once upon a time, the number one search result for Stephanie Hunter was an Australian escort service. I could not compete with that.)

So, again, no, I haven't published a new book.

2/13/12 ETA: It appears the other author has differentiated herself by changing her author name. The book is no longer on my Goodreads profile.

8 comments :

mephet said...

That's an interesting problem... I've not really heard of this happening before. I'd approach her and/or her publisher, but keep it very polite and not outright ask for a name change. I think this is a bad situation for both of you and your readers. If you can make them see that there should be a solution you can all agree upon.
Whatever you end up doing, I wish you luck!

S.A. Hunter said...

mephet,

Thanks for weighing in. You're right. A friendly hello may be in order, at the very least. It is a tricky situation, and unfortunately, there's no Miss Manners to tell me how to handle it.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear that! I hope you get this all figured out! I love your writing and I really hope that this doesn't rune your writing!
I just finished Unicorn Bait on my kindle that i got for christmas only becuase it was free! I was seriously adicted to it! I couldn't wait for school to be over on Friday so in the last period which was my study hall I pulled out one of the schools laptops and read a whole chapter! When the book ended I was dissapointed! I wanted to know what happened next! I'm so glad that you'r writing another book! You made it to the top 3 authors on my favortite author list!!!!!!:):):) Take your time writing becuase right now i'm waiting for two more books! Take as much time as you want becuase I hope it's as good or better than the first book! I want to be a writer when I grow up and i hope I'm like you! DO NOT change how you write! Let me repeat: DO NOT, DO NOT change how you write! Have I told you enough? Let me tell you a couple more times: DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT, change how you write! I don't care what the other people tell you! If anyone tells you to change how you write punch them in the face and walk away! I would cry if you changed how you write!
If anyone tells you to hurry up and finish your book don't listen to them. They really learn how to wait. Take your time and don't worry if you fall behind, I can wait!!!
You are so great and I love you so much! I hope I can write like you when I grow up! Don't stop writing and what your doing!


I.C.
Silverheart

S.A. Hunter said...

Wow, you are passionate! I love it! I have no plans to change how I writ,e and if I do say so myself, I think the sequel is shaping up to be better than Unicorn Bait. I got so much wonderful feedback and interesting questions. The answers to these questions are being incorporated into the story. What's amazing to me is that I thought Unicorn Bait would be a stand alone novel but the out pouring of love and the requests for more have prompted the sequel. I didn't know if a sequel would be possible, but now I can't imagine it not happening. Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad thathave no intention of changing the way you write! I'm also rally gald that you are writing another book! Thanks for responding!
I.C
Silverheart

Anonymous said...

Hi there this is one of your newest fans talking. I became a fan of yours fron reading Scary Mary and the sequel Stalking Shadows and unfortunately you have me in desperate need for u to write the next one. I was just wondering if you were still working on it and if you are when will it be expected to come out on the nook. You are truly an amazing author who doesn't hold anything back, i really enjoy your books n learning about you through your blog, keep doing what you do. ; )

S.A. Hunter said...

Hi Anonymous,

I am at work on the next book. If you get a chance, you can look at this blog in the full version view rather than through mobile. I have little progress bars listing how far along I am with the writing of my current books. I'm at work on both a sequel to Unicorn Bait and the third Scary Mary book. I don't know exactly which one will come out first. Once I finish writing the books and get an idea about how long editing will take, I will post a date for publication. Thanks!

And the working title for the 3rd Scary Mary book is Long Dead.

S.A. Hunter said...

P.S. I'm really sorry for the delay in my reply. I let things get away from me. Thanks!