Yes; I spoke too soon, jumped the gun, ran away with myself. False alarm: an unexpected glitch is now preventing ‘Hot Times in Goa’ from being free as promised. Not just yet, anyway. I was going to say, ‘I don’t want to bore you with details…’ but that’s all I’ve done on this blog page and sort of what it’s all about so I will.
As you all no doubt know, Amazon has a feature, ‘Look Inside’ the book. This feature needs to be enabled as who’s going to buy a book without reading a sample? The info on Kindle Direct says that if this feature is enabled for the print version it is automatically enabled for the Kindle version if that comes second, as mine did. But, a kind well-wisher, Larry Constantine, drew my attention to the fact that this feature was not enabled in my Kindle version. He told me via LinkedIn so that’s the end of my scepticism about that site.
I’ve contacted Amazon and now there’s another wait while they find out what the problem is. Fortunately I found this out just before the deadline to cancel the ‘free book’ feature of Kindle Select. OK; if you haven’t been through all this yourself, this will be a very boring post. If you’ve been through it successfully I bow to your superiority. Straight up: no sarcasm. I mean it.
When I started this blog – last December, was it – I thought I was just weeks away from seeing the book on the Amazon shelves. What a joke!
Today, I reported on FB and Twitter that I’d achieved two firsts today: published a book and put together a garden bench from a flatpack. For a laugh I invited people to say which was the greatest achievement: turns out it was the bleedin’ bench. Fuck.