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Well, I got listed at good reads but it wasn't me. Another writer, who shares my first and last name has one of my e-books listed under his books.

I just went looking to find out if anyone has read one of my 3 e-books from Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing and did a Google Search only to find that another Anthony Davis exists who has a good reads account, lists my e-book, 1000 Tomorrows, as among his over 30 other books.

I also found my e-book listed with two other ones I self-published at Amazon and they were published by A.P. Davis, that's me, but given that the author's name is Anthony Davis, not Tony Davis or Anthony P. Davis, for some reason, good-reads got it mixed up and added my 1000 Tomorrows to the list of books another Anthony Davis wrote.

It's hard to get a book published that neither has basically the same title as another book already published and listed and been on the market for many years as it is to find an author with your name, but then I did not include my middle initial. So I did try to communicate this issue to the people at good reads and hopefully they will remove my 1000 Tomorrows from that other Anthony Davis' list of books he wrote. He actually wrote some interesting books but I bet he don't know one of my books is among his list and it will be best for both myself and the other author of a similar name as my own to have that reference to 1000 Tomorrows removed from his profile page at good reads.

And then I looked up A Thousand Tomorrows and looks like that book was written a while back and has sold many copies. So far, I have sold only one copy of my e-book and none of those 2 other ones. Oh well, it's like that. I am at least listed as among the first 1 million or so authors at Kindle Direct Publishing, and that's better than not being on that list at all.

It is fun to write and get a book published, but it is best to first make sure with the people who you publish through, like in my case, Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, that both my name is given as the author by providing either a pseudo name or a variation of my name like Tony Davis so it won't get confused by others searching for a book to read and perhaps I need to make sure my titles are exactly original and not even listed in a Google search. I might have to start naming books' titles by acronyms and symbols and abbreviate my own name so that way no body will have a problem finding it. Or that might make it even harder to find. Hmm.


Image Credit » my pen art. original work by Anthony Paul Davis, author of this post.

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MegL wrote on October 6, 2017, 5:16 PM

I wonder whether Amazon has some hints on that and what to do if some other author has the same name as you!

Kasman wrote on October 6, 2017, 5:28 PM

Fame by proxy! How about choosing an unusual pen name which is unlikely ever to be confused with anyone else . Some thing outlandish like Tolkien or Nabakov or Twain . . . oh, wait, they're taken! emoticon :smile:

MegL wrote on October 7, 2017, 9:42 AM

Is this your book? https://www.amazon.com/1000-Tomorrows-There-mankind-Tomorrows-ebook/dp/B00M8CBBDS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie =UTF8&qid =1507383697&sr =1-1&keywords =Anthony+Davis+1000+tomorrows

lookatdesktop wrote on October 8, 2017, 8:30 PM

Yes it is. I have not tried to publish anything new since then. Besides that one I only published two others, both were titled: A Little About A Lot, Volumes 1&2 . I am only happy that even though my e-book is listed under another Author who's books are also listed there by goodreads.com, the link on that page does reviert back to my original ebook on Amazon so that makes me wonder if there was some kind of error that may have been strictly unintentional by those people at goodreads.com. Hope so.

lookatdesktop wrote on October 8, 2017, 8:31 PM

In a world populated by over 7 billion it will be difficult for me to do so but I may in fact come up with such a name, perhaps one like Professor Van Hooganflopper. Has a nice ring to it don't you think?