Tuesday, December 27, 2005
1. I am not Richard Chizmar.
2. Richard Chizmar did not write my novel Endurance.
2a. He didn't edit it, either.
3. I have no idea who Richard Chizmar is.
4. Amazon.com is convinced otherwise.
5. This kind of idiocy makes concerned readers write to me. Repeatedly.
5a. Not to Amazon.com, or Richard Chizmar, but to me. The one who doesn't own the site, and has no freaking idea how Richard got listed as the author/editor/whatever.
6. Still, I have to do something about this. Readers have written. Richard might get hit with extra taxes.
7. I e-mail Amazon.com and politely ask them to correct the listing.
8. I get a return e-mail thanking me and asking me to provide more information.
8a. Hello, the brief and pointed explanation, the fact that I wrote the novel, and the sig block weren't enough?
9. I e-mail again and point out in words of two syllables or less #1-3 and 5, and the additional astounding fact that if they look at their own photo image on the page they will see that my name, not Richard Chizmar's, IS PRINTED ON THE BOOK COVER. Furthermore, Amazon.com will not find a single mention of Richard Chizmar in, on, near, or within the vicinity of this book except on Amazon.com.
10. Amazon.com does not respond, and the listing does not change. I repeat #7 and #9 five times respectively, with the same results.
So what do you think would work better as a nickname for my newest pseudonym, Richard, Rich, Rick or Ricardo?
Posted by Lynn Viehl at 12:00 AM