Friday, April 17, 2009

About That Amazon Advance Listing ...

Amazon has some errors in its advance listing of my forthcoming book. The real title is CHRIS & NANCY: The True Story of the Benoit Murder-Suicide and Pro Wrestling’s Cocktail of Death. Amazon leaves out the “of Death” and, more trivially, the ampersand in the title.

And contrary to Amazon’s info, the book is expected to be in warehouses no later than September 15. My publisher, ECW Press, is working to get the info (at corrected.

Your humble blogger, who knows where his bread is buttered, is no Amazon basher. Amazon, you look mahvelous! I say this based on the experience of my first book, Wrestling Babylon. Even the most supposedly daring independent bookstores didn’t carry WB. One indie where I live, almost by accident, agreed to host the launch reading, and the event got wide media, attracted an overflow crowd of more than 100 people, and instantly sold out the allotment of 30 copies. Then the store promptly put the reorder stock of Wrestling Babylon on a back shelf and forgot about it again.

For all its flaws of bureaucracy and impersonality, Amazon offers a universe of infinite shelf space, along with a refreshing lack of snooty judgment. I appreciate that and I look forward to another excellent Amazon run with Chris & Nancy.

Irv Muchnick

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