So, hopefully I’m not Jinxing it, but for now it appears my stuff is back up on Amazon. I’m hoping I can put all this behind me and get back to work. Still not quite sure what the issue was with that one book, but for now things seem to be making it through again.
Ok, I’ve submitted my catalog once again, with some revised/cleaned up descriptions that hopefully should help prevent any problems. I guess we’ll know in a few hours if I’m back with Amazon (at least for now) or if I’ll be moving elsewhere.
Thanks again for bearing with me.
I’m currently trying to work through issues with Amazon presently by reaching out to their title submission department and attempting to get any information they’re willing to share. My catolog is currently pulled in order to make sure nothing unexpected happens while I review.
I’m hoping that a reasonable and respectful request to work together will end up with the KDP staff letting me know more details around the problems they’re having with certain titles. If I CAN get that resolved, I very much want to put my titles back up on Amazon, as it’s the best outlet for getting my work out to readers like you. I will, however, consider the title in question to be dead as far as Amazon is concerned, just to be safe.
Please stay tuned for more information. If you like my work, please sign up to get email notifications from the blog (you don’t need to register or anything, and only I see your email). That way, if anything should happen, you’ll still be able to find out where to find my work. If you were mid-story on Amazon (through Kindle Unlimited) when the stories were pulled, please be patient. I’m hoping I can have have them available in the near future.
My apologies for the daily updates of late. As you can imagine, things are a little chaotic on my side right now. This whole ordeal has been more stress than I really want in my life.
After some discussion and reflection, I’ve decided that I do need to be able to get income from my work. I’d like for Patreon to be enough, but at least in the short term, it isn’t. So what I’m going to do is I’m going to be moving my catalog over to Smashwords. I used to publish there, and I did ok, although of course it was nothing compared to Amazon, but who knows, as more erotica gets banned at Amazon, perhaps the other retailers will gain popularity and customers.
The idea of just giving it away for free and living on generosity is a nice one, but it’s not honestly all that practical. It was a decision made in the heat of the moment. For now, I’m going to instead move to a more traditional model of selling for a profit etc. I think that having income to show for the work will also allow me to continue with quality releases.
I’m still going to be leaving the Patreon up, and it will still be a source of early access items and special rewards and input. Additionally, I may still put up bonus material and other 3D art and possible comics, which would be free, as Smashwords doesn’t allow internal images of a suggestive nature. Also, Patreon will just allow people who appreciate my work to show extra support.
Over time, I’ll see where things settle. I hope I can end up with a nice income on Smashwords. Before they gave me the final boot, my Amazon sales were up to almost $100 a day, between traditional and Kindle Unlimited. I doubt I’ll be able to come close to that on Smashwords for a long time, but it wouldn’t be the first time in my life I’ve been pleasantly surprised.
So Amazon went ahead and issued the final notice that they’re shutting my account down (not surprising). Still no additional information as to WHY they find Hypnotic Condition so offensive. They didn’t provide any details, and so the only possible conclusion is that they don’t want any hypnosis themed work, even if the sex within in consensual. Either that, or it really is just a random game of whack-a-mole where they’ll just eventually ban any erotica if you go on long enough.
Anyway, stuff will start appearing here. Since they terminated the agreement (effective immediately, so they’re serious) that also means that the KDP Select agreement is also terminated, so hey, I’ll be putting that stuff up here.
Once again, I’d like to remind people that if you do like my work, PLEASE head on over to Patreon and pledge, even at a lower level. It’s a way to know that I’ll still be able to reach my audience, and that they feel that my work is of a quality that they feel is worth paying for. Rather than giving it to Amazon like in the past, give it to me.
Also, the first Patron only reward is up. It’s a sneek peak at the first chapter of Hypnotic Relation, sequel to Hypnotic Condition. Story must be good if Amazon doesn’t want it, no?
So after 24 hours of allowing “Hypnotic Condition” to be on sale, Amazon has now decided to block it. So it’s pretty clear that pulling out all references to family wasn’t what they needed (or maybe it’s the fact that the character has parents? He does refer to his mother I think 5 times, and does describe his father). Odds are very good that they’ll suspend the account soon, we shall see.
Either way, they’re making it quite clear that they don’t want erotica. The logical next thing to think they’re objecting to is dubcon, but I’m beginning to think even that isn’t the case, mostly because the piece they keep objecting to isn’t dubcon… he straight up asks her if she is willing to have sex with him. Some of my other stuff IS a little more on the fence, although I tend to steer clear of anything outright blatant in my work (the control tends to be more indirect).
In one month, I managed to reach #50 on the Erotica charts, with only 7 published pieces. I know there are longer, more established authors with bigger libraries out there… or at least there should be. I’m beginning to think that part of why I was able to get so high on the rankings in such a short time is that nobody lasts long in Erotica, and specifically what you write isn’t really relevant.
At any rate, not worth looking into. Amazon doesn’t want my stuff, so what. If you haven’t already, please head on over to my Patreon page, any support is always appreciated. I’m planning to start releasing some Patron only items over the weekend. First up will be a Sneak Peek at the first chapter of Hypnotic Relation, the sequel to Hypnotic Condition (ironic that THAT is the story that started it all… Hypnotic Relation also contains no dubcon…).
Additionally, you should notice a new link at the top for “Stories.” I’ve posted Hypno Hospitality, Squeaky Clean, and Deepening Desires. These three are from the Archives, and didn’t make it up on Amazon during this latest round. Deepening Desires was one of my first pieces, and was extremely popular during its run.
Thanks as always for listening, and for your support.
So at this point, it’s pretty obvious that Amazon is either staffed by one Schizophrenic who really needs to take his meds, or an insane 80′s AI that’s just trying to do it’s best despite being originally intended to determine the most popular flavor of ice cream.
The story that they objected to (that resulted in account suspension) made it through the review process when I resubmitted it (before the account suspension…) despite the only change being reducing the number of times the word sister appeared in the text (there was no Incest or even Pseudo-Incest (there was only one sex scene….)). It’s important to note that the same text had passed review 3 times before without objection.
All this makes me think that all it takes is a reviewer to be having a bad day, be a little strict, or just not feel like actually reviewing and just clicking “deny” (heck, I’d even believe it being the result of the mouse slipping) for a story to be turned down, and given that I’m on my “last warning” that’s it.
So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to leave up the half-dozen things currently on Amazon (in part because they’re in Select so I can’t publish them elsewhere without more pain from Amazon) but I’m not going to be releasing anything new there. That should leave the opportunity for people who like my stuff to see the link to my blog, and maybe come looking if they want to get their hands on MORE of my stuff…
To support myself, I’ve set up a Patreon Page. Patreon is a method for people to show support for content creators by offering a monthly pledge to encourage their work. I’ll also give access to a few extras, but for the most part, my stuff will be freely available. I like to think that people will understand just how much effort goes into my releases that they’ll think little of providing an amount that is less than the cost of some drinks these days.
How long until Amazon decides they don’t want the rest of my stuff? Who knows. I could try and release more stuff there, and see if it works, but it’s probably not worth the risk, and definitely not worth the stress.
I had already planned to take a week or two off for XCOM2′s release, but after that I’m planning to get back to writing, and hopefully you guys will enjoy what I have to offer. Please, if you like my work, head on over to Patreon and sign up. It only takes a moment, and it’s a great way to show your support.
Thank you all for your support.