Pardon my rant, but I really do hate housekeeping.
I’m not referring to the usual stuff: washing dishes, making the bed, dusting the furniture. I mean all the bits and pieces involved in keeping my book listings current and correct.
And that means dealing with Amazon.
You may know that I recently published the fourth book in my Damien Dickens Mystery series. I uploaded the cover image and the contents files in early April, and scheduled the launch for April 16th, to coincide with my late father’s birthday.
Everything went smoothly, much to my delight. Even the paperback edition appeared like magic on the correct day.
I waited for Amazon to add the fourth title to the Damien Dickens book series page, something that happened automatically for the first three books. After several days, I contacted Amazon’s Author Central (yes, there is such a thing) and asked them (politely) to get off their collective posteriors.
As of this morning, The Gold Dragon Caper is listed as Book 4 in a 3-book series and The Chocolate Labradoodle Caper has disappeared from the book series page altogether. I am now waiting for the crew at Amazon Author Central to respond to my request to fix their error.
And, that’s not all.
A few days ago, following the suggestion of several fellow independent authors, I requested (again through Amazon Author Central) that my browse categories be adjusted for all four books. These categories are important, as they help prospective new readers to find my work.
The update was relatively painless for the US site, but it hasn’t translated well elsewhere. Indeed, my books are now listed under non-fiction in the UK! Time for another message to Amazon Author Central.
And so, the housekeeping saga continues.