|Initials with dots!|
See, on the covers there are the dots. And that's how my "publisher" of the first one listed my name too. But for the other ones I was lazy and forgot to put the dots in, so they were listed as "PT Dilloway" and not "P.T. Dilloway." Well big whoop, right?
It turns out this is actually a problem as far as search engines go. On Amazon and B&N if you type in "pt dilloway" then everything by me comes up. However, if you type in "p.t. dilloway" you'll only get A Hero's Journey and We Are Now to come up. D'OH! So in the unlikely scenario someone were to read my book (yeah, right) and then say, "Wow I want to read more by this P.T. Dilloway guy!" (as if) and they go to Amazon or B&N and type in p.t. dilloway they won't get anything else. Which in this fantasy world would mean I couldn't sell them the sequels.
Now I'm not sure how many people would put the dots into the search engine. I'm lazy so I wouldn't bother to do it. Some people who are less lazy might and since as I said it comes up with all the books if you don't put the dots in, it just makes sense to put the dots in to have full coverage. So I had to spend a half-hour or so adding dots to my name on Amazon and B&N. And then I have to update Goodreads too. The problem with Goodreads is now that they have the dots, when you search "pt dilloway" it won't bring up anything. I actually tried to add PT Dilloway as a co-author, but it wouldn't take. Ugh, what an idiotic search engine if it's fooled by two dots!
I can't update Smashwords because their system is way too anal-retentive about that. You can't just enter a name; you have to set up a "ghost account" for that person and since my "publisher" already used the P.T. Dilloway one I don't think I can.
Not like anyone buys anything from Smashwords anyway, so I guess I shouldn't be worried. Anyway, this is the kind of little niggling bullshit you sometimes have to deal with as an author. At least if you're an author stupid enough to use initials. Do you suppose J.K. Rowling or EL James ever had this problem? If they did, they probably had minions to fix it for them.