But that wasn't the most surprising thing. Not only had Google given the wrong person credit for writing my book, but they had also given him a free advertisement. Along with posting a cover of my book, Google had identified the wrong author as an assistant professor at a State University.
For no reason Google had given this person a free ad!
How the hell could this happen? Had Google extended the guy a free ad just because he had PhD after his name? That sort of pissed me off. I worked hard on my book, and I spent a lot of money getting it to market. However, it seems as though the Google proofreaders, if even they have any, could not see the difference between K.R.Hill and the other author.
So what did I do? Well, have you ever tried to contact Darth Google? I did what I could. I filled out about four forms, and sent them electronically, into the vast void that is Google. Did I get a response? Surely you jest.
But I had a plan that I thought would work faster. I simply posted on my blog the title of my book, and the correct author's name as the blog post title.
Well, lo and behold, the free advertisement that they had given, vanished. It took two days for it to disappear. But disappear it did.
Now all I see when I Google the title of my book, is a mention of it being listed on Amazon. Did Google extend me the same courtesy as they had to the assistant professor who happened to be a PhD?
Why did he get special treatment?
Google did not say they were sorry. Nor did I expect them to. However, they had extended a tremendous courtesy to a stranger and credited him for having written my book. I thought that the least they could do was to extend the same courtesy to myself. But I think they would rather hide and pretend as though the entire thing did not happen.