So: the meta tag problem. It’s still with us. Thankfully, my specialist, Janet, e-mailed me yesterday with precise wording for IUniverse asking them how the meta tags were going to be used. So I skillfully copied and pasted her wording into an e-mail to Leah, my IUniverse “Check-In Coordinator,” asking her to either answer the question (which I was pretty sure she wouldn’t be able to) or forward it to someone who could.
As expected, she has now told me that my question has been forwarded to the Marketing Department where I will be assigned a “Marketing Consultant.” I wonder how long my question will be mired in that department with my professional marketing consultant. It all just adds up to delay and more cooling of one’s heels.
Another troubling issue: my sister, Nancy, AKA “the Bud,” has questioned my book’s working title, “Thomas Cook vs. The Internet.” Unfortunately, she had no idea who Thomas Cook was and had to Wikipedia him. “Do you think all folks will know who he is?” she asked. A good and valid question.
OK, so it was only a working title. But she’s right, and so twenty minutes of meditation this morning whizzed by as emptiness eluded me and I struggled to come up with something more intelligible and, frankly, snappier. Maybe “Chasing Ruth” with the subtitle, “A Century Later, A Family Discovers Itself?” Ruth was my grandmother, so I wouldn’t even expect anyone to know her; it just sounds more intriguing. Maybe I should have a contest: what should I name my book? If you win, you’ll be acknowledged in the acknowledgments. If I win, no prize. What’s your idea?