Periodically I Google the name of my book to see if there’s anything out in cyberspace I’ve missed. Every now and then I stumble upon a review or listing I hadn’t noticed before.
The two images below come from my latest surprise. It’s one of those sites where people submit questions in hopes that a knowing soul will respond. Apparently someone decided to inquire about my novel.
In case you can’t read the image, here’s a summary:
Using a subject line of “Where could I find this book?”, the lovely Wynonna has asked:
“Please, do you know where could I download it (pdf file).. if it is for free, much better. Thanks a lot”
The issue of obtaining a pirated copy aside, let’s explore the answers:
Arjun—awarded the status of Best Answer (go Arjun!)—supplied the link to my book on Amazon and replied:
“there is no pdf file on the net for this book…but you can read first some chapters from amazon.com”
Hey, Arjun, you’re all right!
Wynonna then responds with:
“hehehe I should buy it then. Thanks a lot.”
To which I say, “Aw, Wynonna, aren’t you the sweetest?”
But then comes along a party pooper. There’s always one in the crowd, though usually it’s me.
Today the Toilet Paper Award goes to David.
“That looks like an amateurish, wattpad-like cover. Are you Carrie Rubin trying to get people to search for you to get hits on it?”
Um, say what now?
Naturally, the immature child in me was immediately tempted to defend myself. I am NOT posing as Wynonna. I am NOT directing people to my book. (Well, not there anyway.)
But I didn’t. We all know it’s best to let these things slide.
However, had I not reined myself in, the following responses came to mind:
Sarcastic Carrie: “Oops, you got me, David. I’m secretly Wynonna, trying to find out where I can get a free copy of my own book. No fooling you, you big rascal.”
Jesse-Pinkman Carrie: “Yo, you be dissin’ on my cover, I be dissin’ on your face.”
Insecure Carrie: “Wh-wh-what do you m-m-mean ‘wattpad-like cover’?” Sniff.
Zen Carrie: “Hey, it’s all good, man. At least someone’s searching for my book.”
Actual and Practical Carrie: “Hmm, well, that stung a little. I kind of liked my cover. Plus, I’d like to assure David I am not Wynonna.”
But I didn’t.
When we put ourselves out there, whether for a book publication or something else, we have to expect the good with the bad. The yin with the yang. The Wynonnas with the Davids. It’s best to accept it and move on.
So that’s what I did.
Oh, and I wrote a blog post about it…
Have you found anything online about yourself that surprised you?
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