See how my mystery shopping book came into existence
My Amazon Kindle book called The Secrets of Mystery Shopping : How to Become a Mystery Shopper was released last year. This is one of the books that I have published on areas of modern life that I have gained great experience in. a mystery shopping book was quite a novelty when I published it. I’m passionate about mystery shopping. And I think that it’s a good way to gain some money and free products whilst helping out companies with how their team reacts in certain situations. A mystery shopping book would have a big market. I had to get it published.
The book was available to pre- order on Amazon. But there was a little bit of a wrangle between me and them about the pre-order and edits to the book. So the pre- order was cancelled and the book launched immediately. A mystery shopping book is of its time. I wanted my information to be up to date and relevant.
Problems with my mystery shopping book
I uploaded the book file when setting up the book for ore-order. There was no mention of any issues in updating the content in the run up to launch. So when I went through the final edit of the book, checked and updated the contact details of all the mystery shop companies I was ready to upload the final file to the Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing site. When I got there, this book was greyed out and I couldn’t access it to update. I contacted the help desk and was told that for the 3 days before the release, the book was unavailable to edit – I’d missed the deadline by about an hour! Although I didn’t know I’d missed a deadline because there wasn’t enough information there to tell me. This mystery shopping book was ready for the world.
I was gutted. There were two choices. The first choice was to wait until after it was released and then change the book file. This meant that any pre-orders would be unable to access the updated file. Or secondly, I could withdraw the pre-order title, republish as a ready to buy book. This would give my customers read the full experience. This meant that I would lose the ability to set books up to pre-order for a year. I went for the second option as I couldn’t see the value in having someone pay for what wasn’t a full book.
So, here we are, it’s published and I’ve set up a twitter account to help with the exposure.
It’s available on the Amazon Kindle store now, so take a look and see what you think.