This weekend’s adventure is… setting myself up as an Amazon affiliate.
Dealing with Amazon itself wasn’t too bad: there was a minor blip when I opened the application form and discovered that for some insane reason Amazon.com thought my primary address was an old address of my brother-in-law’s that I once sent a Christmas present to. I have no idea why this happened, but my best guess is that it decided to pick the first address alphabetically.
Having disabused Amazon of the idea that I am my brother-in-law (because, really, honoured as I am, I can’t play the euphonium anything like well enough to impersonate him successfully) I filled in an application form and it let me through on probation.
However, it turns out that as soon as I cut and paste the HTML that’s supposed to turn into the little Amazon listing widget, WordPress officiously turns it into a whole nasty kludge of code full of hashes and what look like six-digit colour codes. I’ve seen this happen twice in front of my very eyes. I’m guessing it’s something to do with WordPress not supporting iframes. For what it’s worth, if I choose ‘text only’ it does seem to work, as you can see here:
I’ll have another go when the official cover image percolates through. Amazon also offered me the chance to have ‘image previews’ appear when people mouse over the text, but since I hate popup previews of any description and turn them off whenever I see them, I’m not going to inflict them on you either.
I’m also looking into the possibility of making the books available for the Kindle, but it looks as if I need a US tax identity to do that and I suspect that the hassle that would lead to would not be worth it, particularly as I hyperventilate when I see official-looking letters on the doorstep at the best of times.
Meanwhile, The Maker’s Mask has gone from ‘out of stock’ to ‘delivery in one to three weeks’, I’ve put a ‘customer image’ of the cover up and Helen has very kindly reviewed it. If you have also read it and liked it, please review it on the amazon page! I keep refreshing to see whether The Hawkwood War has landed yet, but so far it hasn’t. I’m finding all of this genuinely exciting – an Amazon listing feels like a real book, even if Amazon sales never amount to much. 🙂