Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Dream Horse

I haven't looked at rankings all summer being preoccupied with so many other things but when I checked to see if the "revised" Nothing Serious file had gone through Amazon yet (no, BN yes) I decided to check on DH.

So that's very nice for a book legacy publishing insists is outdated.

ALERT ALERT.  Here comes a tip.

Some woman in England was very put out after spending the equivalent of 99 cents for this book, that it was not for adults.  That was a 1 star review. 

Even if you think it is completely obvious by the story that your book is a children's book, or a mystery or a romance or whatever, put it in the description.  Now I have a line saying middle reader book 9-12 year olds.

With Nothing Serious I put a note that this was the newly formatted, revised and simplified version.  You may be totally uninterested in how much revision was required.  Well, it was very labor intensive.  There were 3 instances of someone's handle which the complainer thought should have a space in it but didn't because some forums don't allow spaces in your nickname, so a space was inserted.  The one instance where Paige rightfully said qveen mimicking Zsa Zsa Gabor was respelled queen.  And I italicized objets d'arts so it would be obvious (it won't be to drunk trolls) that it was a foreign language.   Kindle Desktop Publishing claimed there were many spelling errors throughout but Word couldn't find them.  Wait till it happens to you.

The larger the audience the more drunk trolls and the greater the need for being as specific as you can possibly be in your description.  There will, of course, be a percentage of people whose eyes are normally twirling in their heads anyway and you can't do a blasted thing about it but perhaps by being cognizant (ooo, am I allowed to use such a big word or do I have to simplify that, I need to train myself to write down a little) we can avoid some of these misunderstandings and the angry assaults that result from a misspent 99 cents.

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