It’s the day after and all I can say is wow. In the grand scheme of things it was just a small news item, really just a blip compared to Somali pirates and what not. But as it’s unlikely I’ll ever capture fame as a writer, this is probably as close as I’ll ever get to it. I actually had very little to do with it, yet my name has popped up quite a bit in the news stories about it. A very organized group led by Erastes started the #Amazonfail campaign on twitter pointing everyone back to my blog. As a result, I had over 400 comments to my blog, 35 LJers friended me, I was interviewed on the telephone by The New York Times and The Seattle Times. I got many mentions in various new sources over the web, I was linked to by Andrew Sullivan and Michelangelo Signorile. My name was shown on television on the Channel 4 news in the UK. My name and book was mentioned on OutQ news on Sirius/XM radio. I don’t deserve any of it. All I did was blog about what an Amazon representative told me was the reason my book was de-ranked, and it just so happened that the response was a blunder, but it was enough to start a furor.
Thank you to Motoko Rich from the New York Times, Amy Martinez from The Seattle Times, Erastes, Lee Rowan, Charlie Cochrane, and I mustn't forget Ashlyn D - I know it wasn't your fault dear, and finally my own little troll davenatts - I'll never understand why some people feel the need to smear themselves with honey and then parade around in a bear camp!