Formatting, Formatting, Formatting


Lemons, Got Lemons! When You List the Wrong Title of Your Book for Sale

  • August 01, 2021
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The formatting for the new book was done. Done. The file was uploaded, the book scheduled for pre-order, and I went to bed, tired and feeling virtuous.

The next morning I got the phone call.

“I fucked up.”

Hearing the stress-meter off the scale from my fellow Penhead’s voice, my brain kicked into high gear. “What did we do?”

“I input the wrong word in our title. It says Tales instead of Stories. We have the wrong title up! And Amazon says we can’t change it until we go live.”

My brain tried to reboot. “We can’t fix it while it’s listed as pre-order? We have to wait until it goes live before we can change it?”


(Fail, Amazon, big fail.)

I hastened to remind her of one very important fact. “I was sitting right next to you when you typed it. I SAW what you typed and didn’t realize it was the wrong word.”

“But there’s more.” Pause. “I created a universal link with Booklinker and the wrong word is in the link and I can’t change that at all. I sent them an email but it’s the weekend. We can’t promote with the wrong title, right?”

My brain whirred.

We realized that everything will be fixed soon, and while it’s embarrassing, hey, we’re human and mistakes get made despite our best efforts. For the first time, I wondered what the marketing department felt when George Lucas changed “Revenge of the Jedi” to “Return of the Jedi” after publicity and merchandising was already under way. Perspective, folks.

So, what do you do while waiting to get the problem fixed? Write a blog entry. 🙂

Our anthology will go live soon and until then, we’ll drink lots of lemonade.


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