I opened my laptop this morning and ran my eye down the emails that had arrived overnight. Two lovely letters from readers. Some pictures of my granddaughter from Australia. A couple of invitations to join online casinos and other spam.
And an email from Amazon. I clicked it open…
This is what it said:
We’re writing to let you know that at least one of your readers has reported some problems within your book, and we have confirmed the issue. There are typos in your book.”
Typos? What typos? ‘Two Old Fools on a Camel’ is on the New York Times bestseller list this week, and nobody has ever mentioned any typos before. Moreover, Joe and I are both trained proofreaders, but we’re not content with that. We also pay to have every book professionally proofread. Bewildered, I read further…
“You can see examples of this error at the follow location(s): Kindle Location :1944”
They went on to say that I should unpublish ‘Two Old Fools on a Camel’, correct the typos and re-publish.
This is the offending Location 1944, and every spelling is intentional!
There are NO TYPOS!
‘Two Old Fools on a Camel’ is about teaching 10 year old Arabic kids English in the Middle East. All the spellings are quotes, and intentional.
So I wrote back to Amazon, telling them that the spellings are NOT “typos”, they are an important part of the book showing the students’ poor grasp of English.
Will I be making any changes? No. Will I be unpubishing ‘Camel’? No.
I’ll keep you posted with Amazon’s reply which I await with interest…