On June 20th (last Thursday), my first novel in six years was released…sort of. Rhest For the Wicked, published through Haven Publishing, was released through all major book retailers. So then why aren’t there links? Because the book isn’t showing up on any of the retail databases. Why not?
That’s a very, very good question.
I’ve been on the phone and emailing the crew at Haven trying to get an answer to this question and the long and short of it is…because they aren’t. In this day and age, very few companies are handling everything themselves. Everything gets farmed out to subsidiaries or sub-groups or any number of various compartmentalized factions to manage things more expertly but also from a distance. The result is that when something goes wrong, just tracking down where the problem is can be a Herculean task in and of itself, nevermind fixing it. For major publishing houses, this isn’t quite the same problem. They have their own crack teams to deal with these issues and they have the clout to say ‘fix it’ and everything drops to get it fixed. With small presses – like Haven – well, stuff can wait until after lunch. Over a weekend? Ha.
In short, this has been a pretty disastrous launch. The Haven team and I have been working to get the problem fixed but there’s only so much that can be done when it isn’t our system that we need to see changes in. And because Bowker, Ingram, and others have a monopoly on the system, it’s not like we can threaten to take our business elsewhere.
It’s embarrassing. And it’s frustrating (beyond words). But it is getting taken care of. Rhest For The Wicked WILL be available soon and when it does, there will be links galore on this page and many others. But for now…please be patient and bear with me. ^__^*