Someone put a tag under my first book on the UK site that says. "pagan avalon." When you click on it, the link takes you to a book with that name. My books have nothing to do with pagans, they are clean romance. I don't know how to get it off there and I don't see a place to report abuse. It would be different if it didn't imply that my book has something to do with the pagan faith.
Sheesh, what will they think of next? Like we don't have enough problems, we have to worry about authors using our bestselling books to promote their trash. I would spit nails if I had any.
I'm sorry to hear about this. Though I don't remember every communicating with you, I have learned to respect your opinions and knowledge.
I can identify with your feelings. A few months ago I checked the tags on one of my books. There were several very bad things there. The nicest of the bad ones was "pig slop". I won't write the others. They were words not found in my vocabulary.
That book has been online here since January, 2008. I had many good tags, one of which was "recommended reading". That one had 34 "agrees". In the end, trying to get the foul tags removed, all the tags for that book were removed. Curiously enough, that book has never been reviewed. Go figure. It has also never been returned after purchase. Well over four years and no returns.
I check the book regularly, but the bad things haven't showed back up. We can hope your vandals have moved on, never to return.
I was stupid enough to add my name to a peer tagging thread on kindleboards. It worked fine while people clicked the tags I added myself, however then some bright spark decided to add a few extra ones, and of course all the sheep kept clicking. My book now has 30 tags for elves and archers. It's science fiction. While I believe we should help each other, there comes a point when it becomes a hindrance. For the same reason I now avoid all those "let's like each others Facebook/twitter/blog" type threads.
Marti, That really is infuriating. Too bad you can't go the the other book and add a tag that links back to yours. I did not even know those tags were links. I'll have to try the ones on my book--or maybe I won't.
This is really the first forum I've followed closely. Now and then I check out a few others. One thing that amazes me is how nasty and tricky some people can be. Just ordinary people (I assume they're not serial killers or anything like that). I'm not a Pollyanna by any means but it amazes me how quick people are to take offense from someone they know nothing about, usually not even their gender.
It amazes me how many people, and there must be a lot of them to cause so much damage, are willing to spike someone's work. Anonymity does not bring out the best in people.
On the other hand, some of the people on this and the other forums sound fascinating and funny and generous. But it's still dangerous out there.
Hi Marti, I suppose I'm lucky but so far I've had no personal experience of your problem, but you have my deepest sympathy.
I think I saw another post of the same problem and somebody said it was possible to get rid of the tags by republishing the book. Before you go to that sort of measure though, maybe you can check with somebody who knows more about it than me. Whatever you do, best of luck with sorting the problem.
Intrigued by this post I checked the tags of my own books and found that someone has done the exact same thing on one of mine. They've added a tag to some book called 'Fiji: A Novel' to my novel about Marie Antoinette. How cheeky!
I don't think there's anything I can do about it but wow, that's a bit shoddy. I feel kind of embarrassed for them that they feel they have to resort to such grubby tactics to be honest.
Scroll down on your product (book) page and on the left you will find "tags." These are helpful in that you can give the reader more information on your book and help search engines find it.
Authors should do the first set of tags and be sure they are different from what's in your key words or you title. For example, you can put the name of a place such as Colorado, or the kind of book such as novella, short story, etc. Try to think in terms of what readers search for.
I feel for you, Marti. I hope it gets worked out. One thing I've noticed about tags, strictly in the UK, is that sometimes they seem to disappear altogether. There for a day, then gone. I have no idea how that works. On one of my titles someone has tagged it "alpha male" - there is absolutely [i]no one[/i] of that gender in the bloody thing. On another title, someone had tagged it having to do something with "strip chess" - I guess there was a bit of disrobing in the thing, but it certainly had nothing to do with chess. Odd, but then in a day or two it disappeared. The "alpha male" thing still puzzles me, of course. Best of luck with it!