Amazon and the Month of May

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Half the time, I’m expecting to receive an email/warning from the Amazon staff:

“Hello Jess,

Please stop updating your Kindle tags / product description so often.”

I suppose you can make updates once a day (within the time frame of 24-36 hours)…I should be able to leave it to settle, by the end of May. For the past few weeks of May, I’ve been making slight tweaks and adjustments with the tags/categories [particularly for Book01 — it’s edgy chick lit, young adult, contemporary fiction, etc — the ‘NON-CLASSIFIABLE’ category did catch my eye…though I finally went with ‘SOCIAL SCIENCES / Popular Culture’].

My product description ended up being a real mess (to me) too, so I’ve condensed everything (product description, couple of reviews, and an excerpt), and written in via Author Central to request for all the original reviews etc to be removed (I believe they were manually added in by the Amazon staff last year / you can’t delete them yourself). Takes 3-5 business days to update. Hoping like crazy everything will settle by the end of May (because I really, really, really, have to see to my next two books, and Summer/Fall courses, ha ha).

This is more or less the updated product description, which should appear on the product pages by the end of May, if all goes well.

Product Description (EyeLeash: A Blog Novel)

Jade Ashton is a sassy virgin. In her private blog, she vents about “fitting in” a world where superficiality reigns supreme.

Suddenly all logic flies out the window when she meets Novan: the former geek, who’s morphed into a delicious songwriter-musician.

They decide to be “friends-with-benefits”. But it’s Novan, with his poems and riddling passages on his own blog–which *isn’t private*–that backs out.

EyeLeash captures self-discovery in the 2000s, and showcases the colorful, intricate drama in two youths’ relentless search for themselves–and what’s really in their hearts.

REVIEWS:

“The conversation [in EyeLeash] struck me as totally authentic…the form [of the novel] is very contemporary and is integral to the story. This is how young people experience sex. It’s how they experience love. The novel captures what they do, how they interact and how they feel. It’s quite a mature mix.”
~ Joseph Grinton, Independent Reviewer, July 18, 2009

“I’m going to be honest. When I first heard of a ‘blog fiction’ novel, I immediately thought it would be another IM fluffy rom-com, like TTYL by Lauren Myracle. But, once I read the description, I was intrigued…[Ms. Scott captures] perfectly the John Hughes-like angst every teenager goes through like any real teenager would — through the internet.
~ Danielle, book blogger, Aug 11, 2009

EXCERPT:

[novan]: bassists are very good with their fingers
[novan]: and some of us sing backup vocals, so that means we’re good with our mouths too…
¤Jade¤: awesome *that goes for your last sentence too ;)*
[novan]: haha :P
¤Jade¤: oh my i’m looking at some pix of sid vicious
¤Jade¤: he’s SO bangable
[novan]: ROFL. it’s too bad a preppy punk poseur of our day compared herself to sid in a SellOut Magazine interview.

**You have successfully received C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\My Documents\My Received Files\Red Hot Chili Peppers – Get On Top.mp3 from [novan].**

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jess C Scott is an English/Business senior at Adams State College. She is currently working on a young adult series. EyeLeash, her debut novel, was inspired by a conspiracy of real life events.

Right now, 5 reviews come above the product description. As a potential reader/customer, I always like to see WHAT the product is about, first, before reading testimonials about it. So, again, I really hope I’m not ticking off the Amazon staff with my various perfectionist requests (I’m a Virgo).

Was nice to see the rankings improve for both books though:

Screenshot #1 — EyeLeash cracks Kindle #10k (finally!)

Screenshot #2 — 4:Play cracks Kindle #7k (it almost cracked #10k last December)

These are little successes to me (I wanna not just climb higher, but stay there, lol) — but successes nonetheless, which make the utter.frustration.sometimes of just trying to get.everything.to.work seem more…worthwhile. I’ve no qualms working hard, but I have a tendency of wanting to see Instant Results. Not sure if it’s due to age/nature/temperament — I think I’m going to be like that throughout my life, in all departments, ha ha.

One more Melville exam to go for this semester. I’ll be super happy if that exam (my proctor hasn’t received it, yet) and my Amazon tweaks can be cleared by the end of May. That’s when I’ll jump back to continue where I left off with D. H. Lawrence’s The Rainbow.

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