Friday, September 25, 2009
Turns out Cartoonists are Authors, after all.
It might be obvious if you're reading this post via the rss feed on my Amazon Author page, but Amazon has reversed their previous decision that I was not a prominent enough contributor to several titles that they had recently pulled from my page. Amongst the pulled-but-now-reinstated titles are the upcoming graphic novel Ball-Peen Hammer, written by the amazingly talented Adam Rapp, but with artwork by yours truly. Comics are truly a collaborative effort (a comic without pictures is something entirely different) and I am heartened to see that my letter has played some part in having Amazon reexamine this practice of theirs.
Full text of Amazon's reply below:
Dear Mr. O'Connor,
My name is Sarah Beaudette of Author Central. I've reviewed previous correspondence with you, and would like to apologize for the misunderstanding. Normally illustrators are not allowed to add books to their bibliography, but we've researched these titles and have concluded that you are a primary contributor to them. Your example has driven us to re-consider our policy, and we appreciate your feedback as we continue to look for ways to make our service more useful to authors.
Your bibliography now includes "Alien Feast" and "Ball Peen Hammer," as well as "The Glass Cat of Oz." These changes will appear online within 3 days.
I hope this helps. We look forward to seeing you again soon.