As if authors don't have enough to deal with given the changing landscape of the publishing industry, there's a new scam afoot. I went to Amazon last evening to check on something and was startled to learn that I had supposedly published a new book two days earlier. 

Someone has used Amazon Digital Services to publish a 37-page Kindle book with my name and part of the title of my actual "Who Do You Think You Are?" companion book. I don't know how this was permitted to happen since I have a long-established author's page at Amazon, but I'm currently using the copyright infringement process (there is no option to cover exactly this situation!) to lodge a complaint and have it removed. 

I've also posted a review to warn folks in the interim.

I count my lucky stars that I am literally the only person in the world with my name, and pity authors with common names who might have more difficulty proving that such a faux-book is an attempt to profit off of them. 

* sigh * If these scammers would use a fraction of their ingenuity doing something useful instead of ripping off hard-working writers, they might actually accomplish something!

Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing Barnes & Noble Events (& info for Nook owners)

Hey Everyone,

I've got book signings coming up in the next couple of weeks at Barnes & Nobles in PA, NJ, MD and VA. One of the questions I've been asked is about Nook owners - how can I sign for them? Well, I've got a stash of book covers - just the cover to Hey, America, Your Roots Are showing with no insides. So if you come to one of my signings and can show me the book on your Nook or download it while there, I'll sign one of those covers for you. Sound good?!

Please do me a favor and tell any of your history buff, mystery-loving, and of course, genealogical buddies about these events!



FEBRUARY 7, 2012
Philadelphia, PA
Barnes & Noble
"Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing" Book Signing
1805 Walnut Street

FEBRUARY 9, 2012
Cherry Hill, NJ
Barnes & Noble
"Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing" Book Signing
911 Haddonfield Road

FEBRUARY 15, 2012
Bethesda, MD
Barnes & Noble
"Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing" Book Signing
4801 Bethesda Avenue
7:00 pm

FEBRUARY 16, 2012
McLean, VA
Barnes & Noble
"Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing" Book Signing
7851L Tyson's Corner Center
7:00 pm