Friday, July 20, 2007

Amazon is being difficult

I'm getting a bunch of emails today about how my book has been delayed for a year according to Amazon. This is NOT true. The book is still coming out this fall, on August 28, 2007.

But, for whatever reason, Amazon has two pages up for my book, and one of them has all sorts of incorrect information, including a June 2008 release date. Unfortunately this is the page everyone pre-ordered from.

I've been trying to get Amazon to get rid of that stupid wrong page for weeks now, to no avail. They certainly don't make it easy to get in touch with them, and I've also asked my publisher to try and fix the problem.

So, for now, if it's not too much of a hassle, please just cancel that order and re-order it here or from the link at the right (same difference). This goes to the correct, good, not fucked up Amazon page. You could also get to it from the link on the myspace page if that strikes your fancy.

Sorry about all this. I hope you'll find the book worth it!

30 comments:

Paradise Driver said...

MP, I've updated the link to Amazon on my blog. The replay of your ad for the book.

Best of luck

I am not sure if you are aware but quite a few of the cab-blogs have put up ad links to promote your sales.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the heads up on your book. I had it pre-ordered and went to check it, sure enough they give me a delivery date of July, 2008. I changed it. You should probably send out a bulletin on your myspace account!

CABBIESREADTHIS said...

Typical !!!! THIS FALSE CAB DRIVER WHO ONLY DROVE A CAB TO GET A BOOK DEAL NOW WRITES TO EVERYONE BECAUSE MONEY IS ON THE LINE!!!!THIS IMPOSTER IS A DISGRACE TO US CABBIES WHO WORK HARD!!! CONNIVING MISCREANT HACK SHOULD BE NAME OF BOOK!! I AM CABBIE I TAKE OFFENSE..MAY THE FLEAS OF A THOUSAND CAMELS INFEST YOUR POO POO HOLE.

Anonymous said...

cabbiesreadthis:

Oh, just cork it, Borat.

Keep on writing and driving, MP!

- SE Texas

Anonymous said...

poo poo hole???

Fe said...
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Fe said...

Something prickly must have crawled up his "poo poo hole..."

No worries. Will get the book at an actual bookstore
Can't wait to read it.

Anonymous said...

RH should really hassle the ever-living shit out of Amazon until they fix it.

Eater of Cabbies said...

As usual the cheating ways of the cabbie are revealed and an inept attempt to cover them up is made. There is no book, only the cash you spent. These are the same people who are constantly being summonsed by the TLC for their lying thieving ways. This Whore of Medallions is no different. Go make a man a sandwich and be useful lying cheating whore. Eater of Cabbies has spoken.

Anonymous said...

RE: CABBIESREADTHIS

Probably you have tossed too many salads.

Lugosi said...

Not to be a smarty pants, but isn't "conniving miscreant hack" kind of a redundant term? And I ask that question as a cabdriver myself. More importantly, isn't making money the whole point of "working hard"?

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go sprinkle flea powder on my "poo poo hole."

Lugosi said...

By the way, when I reordered your book, another recommendation came up under "Better Together" for something called "The Unknown Terrorist: A Novel."

Hmmmm.... Anything we should know about what you do in your spare time?

Anonymous said...

I agree with Cabbiesreadthis 100%.

But the truth is after the book takes a nose dive because there can't possibly be any real content to this book. Poor Melissa will find that the taxi business that she really despises will have her trapped. She will need the instant cash that attracts her back every few weeks.

Unfortunately, for cab drivers now who only work to make fast cash when they are broke the days of instant cash will soon be ending when the TLC "Service Enhancements" go into full swing.

I would suggest that she try to get a real writing job if that's what she really wants to do

Pat T Hat said...

Holy Smoke, talk about some folks having issues...Gee whiz adjust those meds people!!!

I'll be buying your work from my favorite bookstore. How he gets it is not my concern.
I'd rather just pay you the cash
with a "tip" for the autograph.

Certainly hope you'll be getting lots of gradis copies to stash in the trunk.
You'll be needing them!

speedo said...

August 28 is summer, not fall. I hope it sells a million.

Zach said...

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=JimmyJustice4753

go to youtube and watch this guy called Jimmy Justice. He follows the cops and videotapes them breaking the law.

Anonymous said...

Melissa, maybe you've been hacked by a hack.

TomdicknHarrypotter said...

Melissa, I read one of the reviews to your book and it said you were gay ..not that it matters or anything, just didnt know that...you should tell people so Rosie Odonnel can plug your book..and then Ellen and then Andy Dick...or you should have named it "How i stopped worrying about being gay and just drove" oh well .....whatever

Loyal Reader said...

hey, watch your use of the word retarded there, woman. you're a writer right? pick up your thesaurus and find another word besides one that is that insulting.

Anonymous said...

Here's the number to Amazon's Customer Service:

800-201-7575

Good Luck!

Crystal said...

Some people are so cranky...jeesh!

Thanks for confirming the error...I re-ordered.

TeraByte said...

Loyal Reader: How about you watch your choice of words, or rather your use of words in an insulting context. Since you seem to be hellbent on getting people to use reference books, why don't you try picking up a bloody thesaurus and finding a better word to use instead of using the word "woman" in that context. As a general rule, if I called someone "woman", chances are pretty good that I'd get the shit slapped out of me. Shame that you can't get the shit punched out of you over the internet, isn't it? "Loyal Reader" my arse.

Melissa, don't change the title of the article because of one wanker having a whinge about it. Let them whinge, maybe they'll eventually realise that bitching and moaning about things like that isn't going to do a damn thing.

Loyal Reader said...

Terabyte thanks for your kind feedback.
I sure am glad "open minded" folks like you are fans of Melissa's blog as well. Responding to someone challenging the use of the word "retarded" with violence is really the way to establish some great connections.

My use of the term woman was actually not meant in a destructive or condescending way. My friends and I speak to each other like that, I wouldn't slap anyone in the face for calling me a woman, and I assure you if you even could begin to think about "punching the shit out of me" for calling Melissa a woman YOU would be the one looking like a moron.

I would encourage you to consider the fact that words can be destructive, such as the use of "gay" or "retarded" as substitutes for the word "stupid" or "annoying"

Melissa-- every time I hail a cab I hope I'll see ya. I'm a good tipper :)

Terabyte, I wish you the best, I won't be responding to you again :)

Carolyn Ann said...

I'm looking forward to buying a copy - and getting it signed! :-)

(Are those people for real, or just have a warped sense of humor? Oh... They're real? They need to get a life.)

Carolyn Ann

Sarah said...

the "false" pre-order page on amazon is to pre-order a paperback copy.

adamczar said...

For what it's worth I started a discussion thread on that page telling people it's for the paperback version, not out until next year, and if they wanted it right away they should order it from the hardcover page using the link you provided. I was thrown by this, too. Thanks for the clarification.

TeraByte said...

Loyal Reader: Even though your intentions to not respond to me again were made quite clear, I thought I'd just clarify something about my "kind feedback" anyway.

Could you please point me to the part of my comment where I personally threatened you with violence...? No? Oh, okay then. When I said that it was a shame that you couldn't have the shit punched out of you over the internet, I was inferring that you are so cowardly as to use ordinarily inoffensive words in an offensive context only on the internet. Believe me, I've seen plenty of it before, you're definitely not the first to be such an utter coward as to hide behind the anonymous nature of the internet. (Which, for the record, isn't as anonymous as you might like to think. Just bear that in mind before you go around making any more smart-arse or insulting comments.)

One last thing before I wrap this up: As a general rule, I find it particularly difficult to believe that anybody could be so utterly stupid as to even attempt what you attempted by remarking about Melissa's use of the word "retarded" when it was painfully obvious that not a single other person that had commented here had any problem with it whatsoever. I'd like to take this opportunity to advise you to keep your retarded opinions to yourself. Oh, I'm sorry, did my use of the word "retarded" offend you? Too bad, deal with it and move on.

Anonymous said...

that's my birthday -good luck!

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Taxi Pensacola said...

Amazon Totally sucks!!