Potential customers of my books are told by Amazon that 'this title is not available for purchase'. Great! Thanks Amazon.
That is the message Aussie customers get when they go to 'amazon.com.' to purchase one of my books. I realise they should be shopping at 'amazon.com.au' but for a long time Aussies had to purchase through 'amazon.com'. Old habits die hard and sometimes Aussies will stick to the well worn path that takes them to 'amazon.com'.
Most people see the first sentence and believe it. They believe my book is not available for purchase. Some of them have contacted me about it and I am able to explain and redirect them. However, many won't contact me. They'll simply buy something else. Thanks very much Amazon. Even if they click on 'manage content and devices' they are not directed to the product page for my books on 'amazon.com.au'. (This issue will be affecting all Aussie authors, and perhaps all authors in countries other than USA.)
I contacted the Amazon help team (who are unfailingly courteous and strive to find a solution). The answer was 'At the moment we do not have a solution for this...' That had me right gobsmacked! All they have to do is change the wording in that first misleading sentence to something like 'this title is available for purchase at your local Amazon marketplace' or better wording than that. The thing is the customer should know the title IS available.
The team member I communicated with promised to forward my feedback 'to the relevant team to consider your input as we plan further improvements'.
I'm still waiting. Thanks a lot Amazon - I need every sale I can get, you know.
Yes! Disguising Demons is ready and will be released on October 19th, 2018 but is available now for pre-order. Check it out. This book, #4 in the Dusty Kent series, is set in Port Douglas, in Far North Queensland. It is an idyllic setting visited by the rich and famous from around the world including Bill and Hillary Clinton, George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Glenn Close, Kylie Minogue and many more. See gorgeous photos from my visit to Port Douglas here.
Here's the awesome cover designed by Yocla Book Cover Designs.
What Dusty discovers in her quest to find the truth about the murder of a gentle Buddhist monk shocks her and and has her Irish assistant questioning whether they should continue with the case.
This 4th book in the Dusty Kent Mysteries following Murder in Murloo, A Devious Mind and Rippling Red is certain to captivate you.
Let all your cares fall away; read a Dusty Kent today.
Sometimes readers think the Dusty Kent Murder Mysteries need to be read in sequential order like a serial (a story that is published in several parts over a period of time). That is not the case. The Dusty Kent Murder Mysteries are a series (several books that deal with the same subject or feature the same character) much like Agatha Christie’s Poirot series. Each Dusty Kent book is a stand-alone story. The books can be read in any order and you don’t need to read all the books if you don’t wish to. (I hope you do!)
The other confusing issue is genre. On Amazon.com the Dusty Kent series is listed in the 'Mystery, Thriller and Suspense' category. Wow! That is so broad and potentially misleading for readers. For those of us who are particular about the type of crime novel we want to read, choosing a book from such a wide range of styles can be time consuming. I don’t want to read thrillers or suspense. I want a jolly good murder mystery. BUT under the sub heading of Mystery you could find: police procedurals, murder mysteries, mysteries that do not involve murder, cosy murder mysteries, whodunits and goodness knows what else. Choosing the one that is just right is not quick and not always easy.
The Dusty Kent books, such as Murder in Murloo, are not thrillers or suspense. Murder in Murloo is a murder mystery. But what sort? Easy! A whodunit.
Once I would have called Murder in Murloo a cosy/cozy mystery. However, cosy murder mysteries are now often associated with the very light, often humorous, style of detective fiction. They are like pavlovas: light and sweet and devoured easily and quickly, leaving the reader smiling and licking their lips.
A whodunit, on the other hand, is more like a fruit cake: light enough to rise in the oven but with a substantial filling that can be savoured with leisurely deliberation. Sometimes the filling has a few nuts and sometimes even a little alcohol, but the ‘cake’ is essentially wholesome.
I hope that helps you decide whether a Dusty Kent Murder Mystery is the sort of book you would like to read. I hope the answer is yes because as Lawrence Wargrave said in Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None:
‘...no artist, I now realize, can be satisfied with art alone.
There is a natural craving for recognition which cannot be gainsaid.’
JB (writing as Brigid George)