Savage Mirror, part 12 of Shadows of the Heavens failed the Smashwords review because the title on the cover doesn’t match that in the metadata. The only difference I could see was that on the cover the series name is at the top, whereas the titles have the individual name first, which is exactly the same format as the rest of the series have used and been passed with.
The result of failing the review is that it can’t enter wider distribution (to Barnes and Noble, Apple, Sony, Kobo, etc.) until it passes.
After contacting them, it turns out this is indeed the reason for the failure, and I need to change one or the other. I also apparently need to do the same for the previous parts of the series.
Ignoring for the moment the fact that their review process is apparently so flawed as to allow the 11 previous parts through without the problem being noticed, I’m left with three options:
- Redo fifteen covers. Gah. Even if I could face doing so, I don’t think I’d be happy with how that would look.
- Alter the titles to have the series name first. This seems wrong, and since some retailers cut the name off in the display it’d mean they’d all look the same (the covers would have the individual name, but depending on the display size it could be too small, and the casual browser could have moved on by that point).
- Ignore it and direct potential buyers to Smashwords.
Given my dissatisfaction with the first two, I think I’ll just go with the third option. They offer it in all formats anyway.
The collected edition will be out on the 1st of October, so I don’t see it irritating many potential customers. Just me.