Madness Continues – And Stuff Posted

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.

The Plan

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.

And That’s All

So after only a month, Amazon has pretty much decided to shut me down.  I’m surprised, given just what I can see up there from other authors, but it is what it is and there’s really no use fighting it.  The internet is rife with people who’ve gotten hit by their rather capricious content restrictions, and the sad thing is that the piece that they decided to target actually wasn’t dub-con in the slightest.

Right now, I’m feeling pretty conflicted about everything.  Some part of me thinks I’m “supposed” to say that I wasn’t in it for the money, and that I’ll keep writing anyway, because I really did enjoy it.  However, to be perfectly honest, knowing that I was getting a little something on the side was a big part of it.  I wasn’t making full time job money, but It was enough to probably be able to take an extra vacation etc.

Also, with Kindle Unlimited, it was extremely encouraging to know just how many people were reading my material.  In just one month, with stories that were only about 220 “Pages” Long (KU uses a weird formula for pages) I was up to getting almost 9,000 pages read a day over the last three days.  Given that that’s Almost 40 “full” reads (and that isn’t counting people who purchased normally, which was a respectable amount as well) it’s pretty clear that my writing is popular enough that there’s some interest.

The problem, however, is reaching those readers.  I have no real way to even let them know where they can find later published material, or even how to provide support or encouragement.  Feeling pretty devastated right now, in all honesty.

No matter what, I’m extremely likely to put my old stuff up here now.  The only reason I didn’t before was out of a desire to maybe be able to start publishing it again, but now that that’s gone, there isn’t much reason to hold back.  I’m just not so sure about new content.  Putting out even a 40,000 word novel takes more than a little time, and is a significant investment of time and energy.

I’m debating putting together a Patreon page, to see if people will be willing to support out of sheer generosity.  I could set up a few reward tiers, including commissions and custom art, if people are interested.  If you are, please drop me a line at Tri3Ax@gmail.com and I’d like to chat with you.

I’ll probably throw out a poll or something in a few days, once the dust settles, but it really sucks to no longer be welcome in a market that clearly wants what I’m offering.