I say it as a kind of joke, but it’s true: Self-Googling in the age of the internet is one of the most important things you can do in public life. The idea of the writer as a vain creature googling for mentions of their name is a familiar one, but you do have to watch out for being undermined by how your work is represented and used.
A few hours ago I decided to look through my Wikipedia entries and discovered a long, somewhat rambling and occasionally disturbing summary of my first novel that had oddly prurient characterizations to it and then also some political ones. I was sad and shocked to discover this description of my novel had been up for at least two years.
I met an editor when I began misguidedly trying to edit it myself, at first out of outrage—I didn’t begin in a thoughtful way. My “corrections” were undone in moments by a firm but friendly editor there, who then contacted me to ask why I was making these changes. I then began the series of conversations that led to the confirmation of my identity, and supplying her with relevant materials that helped her to address the issue. She has said she wants to read the novel now as well. While I was initially frustrated at the way I was unable to make these changes myself, once I’d calmed down I had the sense to see why this wouldn’t be good for me or the novel, and when I addressed the issue through the channels the editor provided, the offending version came off.
It’s one thing for a book’s entry to issue plot spoilers, it’s quite another when it includes a wandering series of overly-articulated points on the novel’s events that misapprehend them. To be clear, I have no objection to legitimate critical work on my novels and no desire to interfere with interpretations. I do have a strenuous objection to a misrepresentation of its content in a forum meant to act as a reference guide.
If you have this problem, my suggestion to you is to create a User profile and then to go to the Questions page, where a series of links can take you to someone who can help you. I’m incredibly grateful to the editor for being so quick to respond, and to Wikipedia, for having a process by which this could be addressed ethically.