I don’t know if many people have read a blog post written by Greame Reynolds, author of the incredible High Moor series, but he recently found himself at the center of #hyphengate.

His successful novel High Moor 2 – Moonstruck has been removed from Amazon’s shelves because somebody complained that it was riddled with errors. Graeme openly states that he paid over $1,000 to have that novel edited by industry professionals, and created the file manually in HTML format using his own years of software knowledge to do so.

What were these errors then to be so bad as to ruin the book – which has 123 reviews on Amazon – and escape the attention of such watchful eyes.

Hyphens.

That’s right. The novel contained ten… TEN hyphenated words. How dare he allow such nonsense to be published with his name on the cover. Has the world gone mad? The use of a hyphen is grammatically correct, and even so, ten uses in a 90,000 word novel. Come on Amazon. You allow Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey to sit atop your bestseller lists. I assume these will also be pulled. I mean you wouldn’t want people to think you were mindlessly attacking the little man.

I read Graeme’s blog a few days ago, and noticed at the same time, my own novel Highway to Hell had a strange Amazon warning label on it. I asked my publisher and they said they were looking into it. Today I was told by someone who wanted to buy my book that they could not do so.

It turns out my book was also removed from Amazon following a complaint about the writing, how error filled it was. How many errors I hear you ask. SIx. SIX errors have resulted in my novel being pulled from sale.

What were these errors? Well I just happen to have them here.

Highway

Error Description: “a kaleidoscope of patters” should be “a kaleidoscope of patterns” / Error Location: 4073

Error Description: “uncertain why had would ask such a” should be “uncertain why he would ask such a” / Error Location: 3488

Error Description: “to conduct his business meetings it” should be “to conduct his business meetings in” / Error Location: 702

Error Description: “suddenness with which is arose” should be “suddenness with which it arose” / Error Location: 550

Error Description: “below to where out fallen brother” should be “below to where our fallen brother” / Error Location: 4906

Error Description: “The all found themselves” should be “They all found themselves” / Error Location: 5259

Error Description: “bedroom of the motel than they had driven” should be “bedroom of the motel that they had driven” / Error Location: 1854

We are talking of a novel over 90,000 words, and these six issues were so bad that people felt the need to complain – but not leave a review – and for Amazon to pull the title without hesitation.

There are a lot of words I would like to use now, and people who know me will probably be able to hear me reciting them in a stream right about now, but I shall refrain from using such terms for the time being.

My publisher has fixed the error, and the new title will be available tomorrow. Maybe now I can start advertising my horror novel as being the book that Amazon BANNED.

Lord knows a little bit of spin can’t hurt.

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One thought on “#HyphenGate Heads Straight to Hell

  1. A couple of months ago they contacted me about 2 errors in Call of Poseidon. I know there are way more than that, and I’m reediting it mo, but seriously? I saw 5 in Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep. They really need to get their crap together.

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