So I see that KDP has finally made it to Canada. I have an author central page on .com and .co.uk but when I tried to access the Canadian version (by changing the ending to .ca) it took me to the UK home page.
What gives? Can I have an author central page in Canada or not? If not, is it coming soon, does anyone know?
Well, it's not because if I click on my author name on the .ca site it does not take me to either the .com or the .co.uk author central page, that is, if I understand your somewhat garbled response correctly.
Oddest turn of events.
Amazon's breathless announcement to me today tells about Amazon in Canada.
When I clicked the link for "More Info" everything is written in French!
And when I clicked on my usual Amazon page, it too has suddenly been translated
entirely into French.
With the greatest respect for the language policy in Quebec, the other two thirds
of Canada mostly speaks English. Evidently, somebody or other at Amazon is
not aware of that fact. Perhaps word will reach the folks in Seattle before too
long, After all, Seattle is only an hour or so's drive from the Canadian border,
and Washington retailers have no problem communicating in English with
the hordes of Canuck shoppers from north of the border.
I also see my two books under my name, and if I click on them, only the one with extended distribution shows up as paperback. I see problems with other markets like Germany too. The German site has my reviews linked, but Canada does not. The German site has my author page, but the books aren't correctly linked.
The UK version has all the books correctly linked, and the reviews are there, but at the top it says "be the first to review this book."
I think once we get out of the USA, all bets are off.
For my books, the US reviews show up at the bottom of the page on the other sites (including Canada), but not at the top and not in the star ratings for those non-US Amazons. Only the ones that were left directly through those sites show up top there. But at least the US reviews show up somewhere, since in many cases that's the only place I have reviews.
Yes, as per normal, Canada has been put at the bottom of the priority list. So much for being the US's "neighbor to the north." It's pretty sad how low we are on the totem pole.
However, I do expect that months from now we'll see Author Central available. Or maybe a year for now...
Look how long it took us to get a Canadian Kindle Store. But at least we have one now. I'm grateful for that.
Cheryl Kaye Tardif
Canadian publisher, Imajin Books
and international bestselling author