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Christina, you've got an unbelievable amount of integrity.

Yes, they should be. Doubtful it will happen.

I do like that he gets a chance to fix his file, while so many just get their accounts terminated with no recourse. Way to play fair, eh?

Reminds me of that line from Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises: "The rich don't even go broke the same as the rest of us." If you're a successful author--even if that success is gained through illegitimate means and breaking TOS--Amazon handles you with kid gloves. If you're unsuccessful and Amazon has some suspicion based on the flimsiest of proof, out comes the ban-hammer and then maybe if you're lucky, they might allow you to question their actions later.

Many have reported the book to both Zon and the FTC over the past week. This morning the book sits at #90 storewide. The ARC scam is just one of several TOS violations committed by this author so it's hard to believe Amazon hasn't taken the book down.

Then keep reporting until they have no choice but to take notice. Keep tweeting and retweeting Margaret's article to @AmazonHelp and @AmazonKDP. #CockyGate ended up getting coverage in mainstream publications. If we make as much noise about this, maybe that will happen again. And then let's see Amazon try to justify allowing Carter to ignore the rules the rest of us have to play by.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How do you handle your Goodreads listings?
« on: June 02, 2018, 07:07:53 PM »
I've given up on it. No matter how many times I've put up a new addition with the appropriate cover or tried to link books in a series in the correct order, somehow it never seems to take and things end up being a total mess.

Amazon won't add a book 0 to your series page.

I'd stick it on Instafreebie or Bookfunnel and use it as freebie to entice people onto your list.

I agree with Patty. I've got a novella prequel to my Luther Cross series and I also bundled it with some short stories about the character (you don't have to do that part, I just had them because that's how the character first saw publication). It's proven to be a great way to get readers on my list and I've gotten nothing but positive comments about it.

Instead of complaining that Amazon is letting him get away with it, why don't we take action? If there's a flood of reports against the book, Amazon will take notice. More than that, he's breaking the law and there is a way in which we can report him to the FTC.

If someone doesn't write a series inspired by this judge titled Cocky Justice or something similar, I will be very disappointed in this community.

With all the technological marvels we have - printer manufacturers can't manufacture a damn printer that works with a router?  It's a wi fi printer. The entire point is to work with a router.

Printer manufacturers haven't been able to manufacture a damn printer that isn't a total piece of crap in pretty much ever. The day I find a printer that doesn't give me a million headaches is the day I start going to church, because such a thing could only be possible through the work of a divine power.

Hopefully these will help you take your mind off your printer woes for a few minutes:

Your Printer is a Brat (CollegeHumor)

Why I Believe Printers Were Sent From Hell to Make Us Miserable (The Oatmeal)

Set Sail Studios just sent a C&D to FH for the use of the font in a registered trademark.

Couldn't be happier to see this.

I can't believe that part of Faleena Hopkins' filing against Kevin Kneupper includes a section with the header "Romance Novel Series Readers Do Not Exercise a High Degree of Care" and that romance books are often "impulse purchases based upon a publication's cover or title".

Also, instead of "a word and a style which is unique and permits her novels to be easily identified as written by her", she might consider, I don't know, encouraging her readers to remember her name.

It shows zero respect for anyone, not even readers.

License abuse is unfortunately all too common in the font world and the designers often don't have the time or resources to seek justice.

Edited. Drop me a PM if you have any questions. - Becca

So she's violating the font license and the only reason she can get away with it is because the font designer isn't capable of defending his work. That's just sickening. She's exploiting this guy.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Do Amazon Ever Remove Reviews?
« on: May 21, 2018, 04:05:23 PM »
Are there any circumstances where you can ask Amazon to remove a review and they'll do it?

I have a one star review which only says "I didn't order this book", which drags my overall rating down on a book that only has seven other reviews (all five star), but I'm guessing Amazon wouldn't remove it.

Has anyone ever had any success addressing a review like that?

Yes, I've done this. I had someone post a one-star review of my book because Amazon sent them one of those automated review request emails and the review just said, "I haven't read this book yet, but Amazon told me to review it." I reported it to Amazon and they took it down.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The bubble has burst
« on: May 20, 2018, 04:13:00 PM »
Well, you gotta figure they probably only used the people who gave them the answer they wanted and edited out the rest.

This exactly. It's a bit for a comedy show, not a scientific study.

Good grief, this is a fun argument from a British point of view.

The average salary in the UK is around 27k GBP ($35k ish?), so even half of 100k is nearly twice the average income.

Of course, we don't pay for health care so I'm sure that saves a chunk.

I want to tell some people to take a reality check, but it's a tomatoes tomatoes argument. It's all relative!

That's why I moved back to Japan. I'm making about $30K a year or so from teaching and that's more than enough to live comfortably in southern Kyushu. The money I make from writing on top of that is just pure extra cash.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Worlds closing down?
« on: May 18, 2018, 12:50:15 AM »
I created my own cover for mine and it worked fine. You don't have to use their images.

It varies by world and there's very little information on what's acceptable if you are allowed to submit your own covers. For example, I was interested in doing some stuff for the Valiant world--specifically Quantum & Woody. But Valiant didn't provide any Quantum & Woody images to use for the cover. So could I commission my own cover by hiring an artist to draw Quantum & Woody? Is that permitted or is that a no-no? No information in the terms.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Worlds closing down?
« on: May 15, 2018, 03:43:32 PM »
That sucks. I've always liked the idea and have been toying with doing something for it. Though the lack of support for some of the worlds in terms of covers is ridiculous. If you're going to force us to use cover creator, then at least provide licensed images for all properties instead of only just a few.

I'm just wondering: How difficult would it be for Amazon to look at the trademark date and compare it against books with the same phrase/word/etc., before going after authors? It seems to me they could easily create an algorithm to do this . . . and postpone taking any action until everything is resolved.

Unfortunately Amazon has a tendency to shoot first and ask questions later never.

Litrpg is trademarked although it appears the author in question isn't enforcing it. Space Marine was trademarked but has now been abandoned after the massive backlash.

I wonder if Kong is going to start enforcing Litrpg one day?

If he doesn't and there's widespread infringement, then he could be found to have abandoned the trademark. Quoted from BetaLaw:

Failure to Prosecute Results in Abandonment by Making the Mark Generic: This theory holds that when a trademark owner has failed to pursue infringers for so long that the mark experiences widespread use by competitors and customers to the extent that it has become the generic name of a product, then the failure to prosecute can result in abandonment. It is important to note that this theory does not necessarily penalize a mark owner for the failure to prosecute a single infringer; the failures to police and the scope of allowed infringing uses must be much more widespread. This approach has been followed by courts in Illinois, New York, and also the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board.

I hope he does lose the trademark. Trademarking LitRPG was a total dick move, much like Marvel and DC trademarking the word superhero.

Just a quick note, I'm late to the party but I happened to bump into one of my country's top-tier intellectual property/technology lawyers - who also does a lot of work internationally on that kind of stuff and he said this.

Cocky is a common word so it's completely unenforceable and anyone who had the word in their book title before now is exempt because it's pre-existing. Whoever registered it has wasted a lot of money. The reason Kodak was called Kodak was exactly that. So that there was nothing like it, so it could be trademarked and copyrighted easily and infringement was unmistakeable.

Indeed, whoever registered it should sue the lawyer who suggested it.

I hope that helps,



Someone tweeted out the letter she received from this author. The letter was written by the author herself, references the Federal Trademark Commission, and in the letter, she claims that her lawyer has told her that if she brings a suit against this "offending" author, she will win all the monies the title has generated plus legal fees.

Now I'm not a lawyer, but this raises some interesting thoughts. Such as:

1. Why is the author writing cease and desist letters and not the lawyer?

2. The Federal Trademark Commission does not exist. There's the Federal Trade Commission and the United States Patent and Trademark Office, but there is no Federal Trademark Commission.

3. What lawyer would guarantee a client what they would win? That seems pretty irresponsible as even in the event of a ruling in her favor, the judge would still have the authority to determine how much the author is entitled to.

All of this makes me ask the question--is there even an attorney involved or is she just throwing a big name out there in these letters in an effort to scare off the competition?

I just remembered that a few years ago, a fan sent me a link to a comic book series. It was about a team of superheroes called Vanguard. This was the same name as my superhero novel series. Similarities pretty much ended there and it's not surprising to see why--vanguard is the type of name well-suited to a team of superheroes, after all.

I found the writer/artist on Twitter and sent him a message. We had a good laugh about it and we both shared links of each other's work with our respective fans.

I don't understand why people feel the need to do this. Another author posted a story where she inadvertently learned she published a romance book with the same title as another romance author. She contacted the author and apologized. The other author said it was no problem and even promoted her book.

We need more indies lifting each other up, not tearing each other down.

Edited.  PM me if you have any questions.  --Betsy/KB Mod

Writers' Cafe / Re: How many books haven't you written?
« on: March 11, 2018, 06:29:42 PM »
I have ideas for at least eight or nine additional series (at the moment). And that's not counting the series that I closed due to low sales, which I still have ideas for.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What do you think the next hot trend will be?
« on: February 01, 2018, 10:34:58 PM »
I am NOT stating anything is equivalent. I am countering the misandry dispalyed in the statement I responded to.

Yes, there are many more male rapes, but the poster did NOT give any credence to the males who do not commit them. The way she phrased it openly invites the accusation that "rape is a male thing only." That's misandry, and that's not only misandry, it's sexism. And as I understand it, sexism isn't tolerated on this site. Even if that's not the way she intended it to sound, it sounds that way. And unintentional sexism is sexism all the same.

Read that particular part of her post and tell me I'm wrong. Go ahead, I'll wait.

While we wait, let's get back on track. Sorry for the derail.

I did read it. I didn't find it the least bit sexist. Nor did I read it as Shelley saying that there has never been a female rapist or that all men are awful. So yes, you're wrong.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What do you think the next hot trend will be?
« on: February 01, 2018, 09:51:15 PM »
I get it. Some subjects are upsetting to people because of their experiences. I'm sure you wouldn't say that just because you have a negative reaction to suicide in films, that films should be discouraged from including suicide as a theme.

If it were used as ubiquitously or treated as ham-fistedly as sexual violence is, you're damn right I would discourage it.

Correction: Who's doing the raping we hear about? Men.

Female rapists exist. They are largely unreported. I find the idea that rape is only a male thing highly sexist.

Now can we get back on track?

Yes, female rapists exist. But the overwhelming number of perpetrators of sexual violence and sexual assault are men. That's just a fact. Even the most generous predictions regarding the number of unreported female rapists don't even come close to the number of male rapists. Stop the false equivalency.

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