STOP PRESS! It took less than 12 hours for Amazon support to get back to me and now VOKHTAH is waiting to hit the Amazon lists!
If there are any other aussies having trouble with that particular part of the Account Setup form, the phone number has to be in the following format :
I used my mobile phone number [ditch the zero in front] and added the country code [61 for Australia] to the beginning. And it worked! Just don’t forget to put in the dashes [ '-'].
I probably won’t sleep until VOKHTAH appears so I’ll let you all know when it’s really available.
I know Australia is a long way away, and I know we have a small population, but we do exist you know and we do have phone numbers that are not the same as yours.
If you really want to know my phone number before you’ll let me sign up for KDP Select then could you PLEASE change your registration form so us aussies can actually fill them in? I mean I’d fudge my phone number to fit your template if I could, but I have no idea what a US phone number should look like so I’m stuck, twiddling my thumbs while I wait for someone from support to get back to me to explain how to enter my phone number in a way you’ll accept.
As for the payment options… well it’s lucky I don’t expect to make a gazillion $$ from my book, otherwise getting royalty cheques [and no, I will not write 'checks'] that take 6 weeks to clear and cost the earth in fees might also be a problem.
For now though could you please just let me publish this damn book of mine?