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Vanishing Act – 2011’s Grand Finale

December 31, 2011

Here it is, the tail end of the year, and what a year of frustrating lessons it has been, from taking my manuscript to publication, to orchestrating the Donation Quilt, and then some.

Case in point:  The Disappearing Review. “Speeding Tickets” received a wonderful review via Midwest Book Review.  It was in their December online issue, as well as on my Amazon page. Or at least it used to be.  As of today, no one could find it anywhere, including me.  Was it pulled?  If so, why?  In all fairness, I have not yet contacted MBR to find out, but when I do, I’ll certainly let you know what happened.  I did find the letter they mailed me, so I have hard evidence of its existence.

Case in point, part two:  The Missing Ebooks.  Not only did my coveted review vanish, but now the ebook versions for Kindle and Nook are also MIA.  Accounts were supposedly in place, and files uploaded, but neither of them finished processing.  That too is being investigated.

Lessons Learned:  This is what happens when you get so wrapped up in your day job that you depend too much on automated whatevers or on other people who have too much on their respective plates.  You lose track of critical aspects of your plans, and thus lose control.  Your precious marketing platform teeters on the brink of temporary catastrophe.  Lost opportunities are difficult to recoup.  The humiliation of having told all of your friends and fledgling fans to look for non-existent reviews and ebooks is the icing on the cake.

It boils down to this:  If you make a plan, see it through.  Confirm things personally, otherwise anything that can go wrong certainly will do its darnedest to head that direction.  Of course, with all of these things happening at once, maybe, and this would explain a lot of things, I inadvertently offended the Almighty Ethernet and it retaliated by sucking all my stuff into a virtual black hole?  Maybe.  Depends on your concept of artificial intelligence.  Personally, I think it’s Murphy’s Law working overtime.

Best Wishes for 2012.  Ride Safe.

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