How did my book get there?

It’s a strange thing to google your book to see where references crop up on the internet.

The Glittering Cage has been creeping it’s way out from Smashwords for a week or so now on their distribution train, due to pull in at iTunes, Sony, Barnes & Noble etc, and a google search already brings up several references: in my blog, Amazon, Twitter etc.

However, if I google my first book, Perpetual Light, which has been out as an e-book and paperback for a couple of years, the number of places it turns up for sale are quite staggering – as are the prices attached to it. It fills the first two pages of a google search. I’ve listed some of the links below.

One lesson I’ve learned from this is that when you release your own book, you  also release any control over how it, or references to it propagate across the internet. You have ceded partial ownership to a beast with a voracious need to feed on information and grow like some demented fractal or coral colony.

The second interesting observation is about choosing the title for your book, should you have a need to feed this ravenous beast. “The Glittering Cage” as a phrase it quite unique and finding it in a search on Amazon or other book retailers is therefore easy. Originally the book was called Pure, but I changed it as someone else had just used that same title in the same genre. In fact, a search for that title on Amazon brings up 6 novels. If you want to stand out and appear original, not only in subject and style to potential customers, but to the google information crawlers, then a unique title is critical. Potential titles should be test driven through google and all likely retailers.

Here are some of the places I found Perpetual Light unexpectedly:

http://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Perpetual_Light.html?id=WkhKPQAACAAJ&redir_esc=y

http://openlibrary.org/works/OL8339036W/Perpetual_Light

http://www.alibris.com/booksearch?qsort=p&isbn=1411689348&siteID=eSmaWuUpnDY-vit.lhisLSZef52Zh_vdug&_ptid=eSmaWuUpnDY-vit.lhisLSZef52Zh_vdug&cm_mmc=affiliates-_-na-_-eSmaWuUpnDY-_-na

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?bi=0&bx=off&ds=30&sortby=2&sts=t&x=79&y=15&cm_ven=PFX&cm_cat=affiliates&cm_pla=links&cm_ite=k318564&afn_sr=gan&isbn=1411689348&pfxid=a_1559947863

http://www.biblio.com/9781411689343

http://www.bookdepository.com/Perpetual-Light-Richard-Ireland/9781411689343

http://www.powells.com/biblio/1411689348?&PID=33286