Sunday, May 13, 2007

The Weird World of Amazon

Well, when Amazon first listed Swords of Talera they had the author name slightly screwed up by putting a comma in it so that it read "Charles, Allen Gramlich." This didn't bother me too much. In fact, I was so excited about the cover that I didn't even notice until a couple of people called my attention to it. My editor had noticed it too and he contacted them about correcting it. So?

So, today I notice that Swords of Talera is by "Charles Allen." I'm a little more troubled by the fact that my last name has disappeared. I emailed them about it, although it took me 20 minutes just to figure out how to navigate through their email contact procedure. It's a little bit funny, actually, but I hope they do get it corrected. A good reason not to use three names on your book, I guess.

Btw, some folks have asked me why I wanted Charles Allen Gramlich on this one as opposed to Charles Gramlich on Cold in the Light. The main reason was as a sort of homage to previous writers of Sword & Planet fiction like Edgar "Rice" Burroughs and Alan "Burt" Akers. But also, I thought I'd use a variation of my name to differentiate my fantasy work from my more horror/thriller work.

I also got my first review at Amazon and it's a good one by Randy Johnson. Thanks, Randy. If we ever meet I'll owe you a beer, or a beverage of your choice.

10 comments:

Kate S said...

Hey, Charles, I noticed those too! Hope they straighten it all out. I even wondered if you were writing under "Charles Allen" for a moment.

I remember reading about someone who had a book that almost went to print with someone else's picture in the back - I guess it isn't a foolproof process. :)

Erik Donald France said...

Weird, I was wondering about that. I do think using three names is a good idea, though -- it's not just for assassins and mass murderers anymore. It helps people when using a search engine to narrow the search (and is much more accurate in retrieval). This is the main reason I added my middle name to my own stuff. I any case, another congrats on Amazon!

Randy Johnson said...

I really loved Swords of Talera. It did take me back to my youth(no mean feat as I'm nearly 58). Amazon may have you listed as Charles Allen, but when you put Charles Gramlich in, "Swords" is the first book that comes up. I'm going to keep my eyes open for volumes two and three. I'm also getting ready to start Cold In The Light. One more thing. Sorry about the extra M in your name in the review. I don't know how I missed that

Charles Gramlich said...

Kate, not out of intention. Lol.

Erik, I think that's a good point. Anything that helps you stand out, and there is at least one other "Charles Gramlich" who occassionally shows up on searches on the net.

Randy, I'm glad you liked it. It took me back when I was writing it so that's exactly what I was hoping for. Don't worry about the extra "m." The occassional typo creep in on us all.

Emily said...

Librarians and bibliographers prefer that authors use consistent names so that all their books and writings can be listed and found together, especially by students writing about the authors.

I hope amazon.com finally gets your last name together.

Sheila said...

Hope everything gets straightened out. OOOOOOH When you get your author copies (with your correct name on them haha) can I get an autographed one?!?!? I'll pay for shipping! I wanna feel special too!!! ;o)

the walking man said...

At least your name isn't Robertson, Robert Robert.

the walking man said...

or George Foreman 1-9

Sidney said...

I noticed the "Charles Allen" deal. Sometimes I get listed as Sydney and sometimes just S.

It's all wacky in spite of the name being conveniently listed on the book cover for easy reference in cataloging.

Avery DeBow said...

I saw that when I ordered, too. Figured you were using a pseudonym, and sort of wondered why you'd drop such an interesting last name. Now I know. Hope you can get it all sorted out.