A belated ‘thank you!’ to my friend Dr Bob Rich

Dear Bob,

In March last year, I believed that nobody else was going to blow my trumpet, so I’d have to do it myself. Thank you for proving me wrong!

My tardiness in responding to the email you sent me three weeks ago advising me that you’d reviewed my book is thoroughly inexcusable. I awoke this morning with an “Eeek!” moment, suddenly realising that I hadn’t yet thanked you for your kindness. My excuse was that I noticed at the time that while the review you advised me of had appeared in your neck of the woods (on amazon.com.au), it was showing on neither amazon.com itself nor in my antipodal location (on amazon.co.uk), and I wanted to give it a little time to see if that was just a ‘delayed update’ issue.

Well, it’s been over three weeks, and I can still only see your review on the amazon.com.au site, and not the other two. I have no doubt that this is also reflected on other amazon sites across the world, too, but life’s too short and precious to investigate further. My estimation of Jeff Bezos and his global monstrosity has dropped a further couple of notches, to an all-time low, and this has hardened my resolution to maintain my own boycott of that megacorporation, even though I know that has a pitiful effect: I shall continue seeking what I need anywhere but there even if it costs me a little more or I have to wait a little longer.

Yes, yes; I recall we discussed my internal struggle and misgivings over my hypocrisy in publishing my book on their Kindle platform while at the same time ‘boycotting’ the business. And I thank you again for your kind words in that regard — although, unfortunately, I’m unable to locate your actual words of wisdom about this. I think it was in a comment on Wibble somewhere (I consulted a WordPress Happiness Engineer about that, thinking that there ought to be some way to filter a site’s comments by author and find your words that way: but I’ve been informed that this is not possible. Computer technology! /eyeroll I know I read somewhere that ‘computers would make our lives easier’… me, I’m still waiting). But, as is my wont, I digress….

The good news is that goodreads.com isn’t so provincial; your — five star! — review was there when I checked just now (I don’t know how long it took to get there).

I’ve learnt quite a bit from this exercise. Not the least of which is that I should have chosen a better title. The one it has competes with too many others whose creators clearly thought as I did that the word ‘eclectic’ would be sufficiently unusual. In retrospect, I should probably have gone with something like ‘The Phlyarological Obscurity’.

I should also have chosen a better author name; the moniker my parents chose for me is as common as muck, as I discovered some years ago when I went egosurfing on faecesbook and, believe it or not, discovered a group called ‘We Love Colin Reynolds’ (I kid you not. I sent messages to as many of my namesakes on there as I could find, suggesting that we should all join this group and say ‘Thank you!’… but not one of them took my hint. I guess we don’t share the same sense of humour).

I see that on goodreads.com my own book — The Eclectic — is associated with another title: ‘Whilst Others Sleep‘, with the suggestion that that’s by ‘the same author’; but it’s not me. Sigh. That’s my next job, I guess: try to find out if I can break that linkage….

So… far, far too long story short: thank you ever so much for your review, Bob, I sincerely appreciate the time you took to read my humble words and comment on them.

Incidentally, I’m doing another one-day free promotion of ‘The Eclectic’ in just under three days’ time (on, appropriately, All Fools Day) — Yep, that link is currently ‘404’, as it’s scheduled for 01Apr2021. Think of it as time travel! (which we all do, albeit slowly 😄).

With very best wishes,

Colin Reynolds (the real one).

P.S. How are you getting on with your ‘modifying links homework’? I know I’ve mentioned before that I think booklinker.net is a very useful tool; it allows you to create custom links that automagically redirect to the amazon website in the clicker’s neck of the planet; it’s an all-in-one, and saves you having to list separate links for all the amazon sites. You’ll just need one (easily remembered) ‘mybook.to’ link for each of them. For my money, that’s a no-brainer. You might want to investigate… in the meantime, I’ve crafted a link on my own booklinker.net account, just for you: http://mybook.to/SleeperAwake. By the way, I have my copy of that book already; it’s next on my reading list, and I’ll review it when I find a spare round tuit. :D

About pendantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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27 Responses to A belated ‘thank you!’ to my friend Dr Bob Rich

  1. ShiraDest says:

    Thank you for your boycott: I live in horror that someone will accidently buy my book, which the publisher put up on that site which I also boycott, but I put my own pdf (as only the hard-copy rights belong to the publisher, and I kept the e-rights) up on The Archive and linked to GoodReads in the hope that folks would find it there, rather than buying it on the far more visible publisher sites.
    I suspect that the price my publisher listed against my wishes may also help folks find the free version.
    It is a shame that authors have to choose between marketing and ethics, much of the time.
    Thank you for raising these points, and good luck with your work.
    Stay safe,

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  2. Dr Bob Rich says:

    Colin, thank you for thinking of me. You don’t need to worry about time delays, because time is an illusion. There is only a forever-mobile “this moment.”
    Amazon used to restrict each country to its own reviews, but allowed people to post on each of their sites. Then they replaced that with the so-generous “You can post on this site if you have spent $50 on it.” Then, after a lot of pestering, they started sharing international reviews. Have they stopped that?
    Maybe I should make a takeover bid for the company. Do you think they’d accept $1? It’s all I can spare right now.

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  3. Congrats on your Book review Colin…. Good luck with it…. :-)

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  4. Interesting and annoying. If it wasn’t there on goodness you would never know.

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    • pendantry says:

      Indeed. The fact that authors aren’t automagically advised when others review their works (especially when some of them could do so with ease, and don’t hesitate to send marketing emails on other subjects) makes me wonder about the priorities of such websites. While they appear to be an information resource, it kind of makes me think their objective is to develop their own content rather than assist authors. Maybe I’m just naïve; I should have had that epiphany earlier….

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  5. calmkate says:

    hope your sales go well … thanks for informing why I don’t need to publish no matter how many nag me!

    PS I must admit I always thought you were a female :) Hi Colin

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    • pendantry says:

      OK, I have to ask: in what way did I suggest that you didn’t need to publish? The only argument I can think of against it is that, at least as far as it appears to me, it’s quite a bit of effort for no reward (unless you happen to get lucky).

      As for the information that you believed me to be a person of the opposite gender persuasion to my genetic makeup (and personal inclination); you’re making a bit of an assumption there based purely upon nomenclature — but I’ll admit that your assumption is correct. And I will take it as a compliment, as I’ve always striven to be a human* first, and other labels second!

      * Although the current course homo fatuus brutus is taking makes me want to disavow my heritage! I think I may reclassify myself as “a creature of the Universe§ first, and all other labels second”.

      § A somewhat clumsy term. I’ve just looked around for a better one, but can’t find one. I may have to make one up.

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      • calmkate says:

        lol you never made that suggestion, but you did alert me to some of the pitfalls so why bother :)

        maybe ‘cosmos’?

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        • pendantry says:

          ‘Cosmos’? hmm… no, it’s not ‘Universe’ alone I’m struggling with; it’s the phrase “creature of the Universe” that, to me, is too unwieldy. The alliteration makes “creature of the cosmos” better, but I seek, ideally, a single word. Latin doesn’t work; playing with Greek suggests maybe ‘πλάσμασύμπαν’ (plasmasympan)… urgh, no, that’s an abomination! :)

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  6. To think Amazon started out as an online book store and now books are treated like fourth class citizens. If you should ever go back to the mouth of the giant you might want to check out my E-Book https://smile.amazon.com/Beyond-Glow-Charlie-Christopher-ebook/dp/B00RSF22P6/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=beyond+the+glow&qid=1617232640&s=books&sr=1-1
    Laughter is contagious. Start a pandemic

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