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Writers' Cafe / Re: #1 Ranked Romance Author Sinks Into the Abyss
« on: July 02, 2019, 03:09:27 pm »
Unsurprisingly, the glitch claim has pivoted to "we don't know why Amazon has restricted the sale of our books," and "our legal team is looking for answers."

It was far too focused for a glitch.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: #1 Ranked Romance Author Sinks Into the Abyss
« on: July 01, 2019, 03:22:43 pm »
It's July. KDP drama time.

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Which argument? That there's no market for middle grade fiction.

I was reiterating the age of middle grade books because the OP seems hung up arguing semantics: that there is no market for middle grade, when the children's book category is a hungry category according to Amazon rankings, and being for 8-12 year olds, middle grade clearly makes up a big chunk of the children's book category.

Okay, so you mean the main argument, and not a specific one about YouTube.

But for reals, kids LOVE YouTube--for better or worse.

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No. I just don't think that the amount of subscribers to Scholastic's YouTube channel is really enough to hang this argument on.

Which argument?

And why reiterate the age range of Middle Grade books, emphasizing the word "children," if you weren't trying to argue that the age group isn't using YouTube?

Just trying to understand your point.

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Middle grade is children's books. Specifically, it's geared to *children* between the ages of 8 and 12.

This is in response to a different point perhaps, and not about YouTube?



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I feel like the point about YouTube isn't that people (of any age) aren't on it; it's that people don't go there to read or to find out about books. People can and usually do engage in multiple types of entertainment. That doesn't mean they need to (or should) cross over.

"Readers" go to the toilet, too, but that doesn't mean publishers should start printing ads on toilet paper. (Though as soon as someone figures out how to print ads on toilet paper without making the paper too thick to properly dissolve, I bet we will start seeing ads on toilet paper.)

I think the person I replied to really believes kids don't widely watch YouTube. See the part I quoted.

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P.S. Let this be a lesson to all you aspiring authors out there. The market does not care at all what you want to write. Either you write in a genre that sells, or you starve. It really is that simple.

Or you keep your day job.

That can be writing marketable books to pay the bills (while also writing less lucrative stuff), or it can be working in an office, or at a Trader Joe's (like that Cosby Show actor), or as a barista.

Lots of writers do that.

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Oh really? YouTube is where the readers are? Now I know you're just making stuff up.

Middle grade is children's books. Specifically, it's geared to *children* between the ages of 8 and 12.

YouTube is where that age group is. They watch it more than TV these days.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2019/why-children-spend-time-online

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Do You Make Up Lies About Your Pen Name Personas?
« on: April 14, 2019, 11:04:22 pm »
Do the readers care or is it other authors who raise the alarm about it? Much of the drama I've seen swirling in the gay romance community originates with the authors themselves.

Of course readers care. Just go to Twitter. What an absurd question. "Only jealous authors care." Please. Anything to rationalize, eh?

Off the top of my head...remember the cishet woman who created the cisbi author persona and used her husband to play the role in real life? That was exposed by readers. As I recall, a bunch of authors didn't want to believe that there was fakery going on.

I just saw some readers on Twitter complain about an older scandal too.




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Writers' Cafe / Re: Do You Make Up Lies About Your Pen Name Personas?
« on: April 12, 2019, 10:30:23 am »
Do readers really care that much about author bios? Maybe in non-fiction if the author claims expertise about that subject that they don't have but for fiction, I'm pretty sure most people don't care. Unless there's something really off-putting in there like they kick puppies for a hobby, it's not going to influence if I buy a book or not.

Is lying about where you live any different to lying about your gender?

It's the writing that matters and whether it rings true. When you buy a brand of cookies with a kindly looking old grandmother on their logo, are you going to care that she doesn't exist or do you just care whether or not the cookies taste good?

Readers do care. Just look back at the scandals where cishet women created cisgay male personas for their m/m books.

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That's so much more confusing than a single pen name.

We don't search for television shows or movies by author. Why not have certain kinds of books known simply by a publisher brand and the name of the series or line?

Obviously, the system for books is currently set up for "author," "title," and "publisher." I'm wildly proposing changing the system so that not every book has to be classified that way.

If these book packagers like publishing so much, then let them be publishers. Just get rid of the fake author personas, and replace them with brand promises.


"What does a pen name mean" is an interesting conversation with a lot of perspectives. Writers, readers, and publishers all have different takes. Author-publishers vary in which hat they favor, so to speak.

I would say a pen name is a promise of an experience more than it's anything else. But that's really neither here nor there.

A pen name is certainly not a promise a book is written by a single person with that name and bio.

I think readers are trained to know that author names often aren't real, but I believe they think the bios are real. They believe the person they interact with on Facebook is really a woman with two cats who posts real pictures of said cats. They'll get mad if they find out it's some internet marketing dude using stock photos of a middle-aged woman and cats.

And that's not even getting into issues of privileged people assuming false identities of marginalized people.

Why not retrain readers to understand they're getting an experience, not a person? Being clear in a bio that a pen name is the work of multiple people is a feasible start.

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So, if you were to buy a wedding cake, should you be required to post a giant sign next to it saying "I DID NOT MAKE THIS CAKE."

What if you hired someone to take a photograph of you and your family? Is that unethical? Should you really be allowed to post a picture in your home that you didn't take? Should you be allowed to post it on Facebook or send it out as your Christmas cards?

If you owned a distribution company and you hired another company to manufacture products for you to distribute under your brand name should you be fined for being unethical?

If you couldn't get pregnant and you used a surrogate, should the first words out of your mouth whenever someone smiled at your baby be "I DIDN'T MAKE HIM! I'M BARREN! SOME OTHER WOMAN CARRIED HIM!"

I hope I have made clear how ridiculous you sound.




What is wrong with "Jane Q. Author is a pen name brand utilizing the talents of several authors and marketers"? That way publishers can publish and ghostwriters can ghostwrite?

I'd even go as far as doing away with the pen names and simply having publisher brands. Let's not pretend readers love the fake author personas, so why not give them marketing without the expectation of interacting with an author?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Plagiarism strikes again #CopyPasteCris
« on: February 19, 2019, 04:01:32 pm »
https://twitter.com/harmony_writes/status/1097996108561895424

Third person claiming content miller's MO is to give ghostwriters a bunch of scenes. The ghostwriter says she is glad she didn't take the job.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Plagiarism strikes again #CopyPasteCris
« on: February 19, 2019, 03:38:25 pm »
No. A foreign writer hired ghostwriters from Fiverr who stole passages from famous romance writers and created new manuscripts for the foreign writer. The foreign writer said that they were unaware that their ghostwriter plagiarized well-known American writers, and they have taken steps to remove the content. However, this foreign writer follows several of these authors through her Bookbub account, so it's questionable as to how ignorant she was of the content being stolen.

Courtney Milan said two people contacted her claiming to have worked with the content miller. The miller allegedly gives the writers scenes to make into a book.

If true, the miller knows very well that it's plagiarism.

At least one of the writers claimed the miller gave a sob story about not being able to pay the writer.

Don't believe anything this content miller is saying.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Plagiarism strikes again #CopyPasteCris
« on: February 19, 2019, 02:44:24 pm »
Milan is asking the content miller to keep track of the accounting on the offending books, and for "similarly situated" authors to get in touch.

Heh.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon Files Suit Against Book Stuffers [MERGED]
« on: February 05, 2019, 06:27:00 pm »
So I should drop the "AND FREE DIAMONDS" after the "About Author"... Got it.

Speaking of "diamonds," who else is wondering whether Amazon will go after more banned publishers in this manner?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon Files Suit Against Book Stuffers [MERGED]
« on: February 05, 2019, 02:48:02 pm »
Update:

On 1/2/19, a US federal judge confirmed Amazon's arbitration award in its case against Jake Dryan of Green Publishing.

Law 360 (Paywall, just posting for the headline)

https://www.law360.com/articles/1114842

https://www.pacermonitor.com/public/case/24124083/Amazon_Digital_Services,_LLC_v_Green_Publishing,_Ltd_et_al



Article on the arbitration:

https://www.cnet.com/news/amazon-tries-to-snuff-out-a-bunch-of-kindle-publishing-scams/

Arbitration demand:

https://www.scribd.com/document/358287153/Dryan-Arbitration-Demand




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Or, perhaps because Amazon uses automated means to "flag" people, and "false positives" can and do occur with such a system.


Michael Anderle of 20Booksto50K said a higher-up at Amazon told him the kind of termination that occurred with MSE doesn't happen without human review.

https://www.reddit.com/r/litrpg/comments/90m8k3/michael_scott_earl_withdrawing_a_trademark/e33wwn6/

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I have no legit information into the reasons for Amazon banning MSE beyond what he has admitted in public. What I have been told from a higher ranking Amazon official (KDP) is that NO banning like this is done without human review.

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The counter-notification and reinstatement elements of the DMCA don't function as intended.

Do you mean they don't function as intended specifically when Amazon is involved, or in general?

I ask because of Wattpad's policy here:

https://support.wattpad.com/hc/en-us/articles/204267314-How-to-file-a-DMCA-Counter-Notice

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If you believe that the content was removed in error, you have the option to file a counter-notice by emailing us with the information listed below. When we receive a valid counter-notice from you, a copy will be forwarded to the person who filed the original take-down request. If we do not receive notice within 14 business days that the submitter of the original take-down request has filed an action seeking a court order to restrain any further allegedly infringing activity, we may restore the content that was removed.


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Sounds like Amazon failed to comply on reinstating the work in a timely fashion. They should not have asked Dylan to "work it out". That's not how the mechanisms of the DMCA are supposed to work.

Did Dylan send a counter-notice that met the legal requirements?

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And? Who would protest that?

This is not a black/white "if you're not with us you're with the BOOKSTUFFERS" scenario.  ::) ::) jinkies!

All I want is transparency for authors who've been, in my opinion, wrongly terminated. Even the rightfully terminated ones, I want transparency for them.

We need to know WHY people are being banned so we can avoid engaging in those practices our selves. I think though, that it's a combination of maliciously intended reporting (which this board and other places is rife with people begging to claim responsibility for the takedown on authors), and Amazon's systems being based on bots, not humans, looking at reports.

I think the bad actors who swear up and down that they're innocent would protest if Amazon made public examples of them.

The difference between you and I is that I believe there are less innocents and more liars when it comes to Amazon's recent account terminations.

My opinion is not a criminal court. I don't have to assume alleged bad actors like Chance Carter are innocent. I  have the right to support Amazon's termination of his KDP account. I also have the right to support further action should Amazon find evidence that he or his also-banned cohorts have snuck back into KDP.

I don't know who CJ Rosenbaum represents, but I have the right to my skepticism because KDP is rife with scammers who will swear up and down that they are victims of Amazon and jealous authors.

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You know what I'd love? For Amazon to file and publicly release even more arbitration demands like it did with Jake Dryan, Thomas Glenn, and others.

https://www.geekwire.com/2017/amazon-targets-authors-marketers-alleged-abuse-kindle-direct-publishing-system/

https://www.pacermonitor.com/public/case/24124083/Amazon_Digital_Services,_LLC_v_Green_Publishing,_Ltd_et_al

https://www.pacermonitor.com/public/case/25518121/Amazoncom,_Inc_v_Glenn

Amazon was awarded damages in those proceedings.

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CJRosenbaum,

You will find many of us here reluctant to sympathize because we have seen far too many bad actors on Amazon.

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OMG. There's a banner ad too.  ::)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon authors using same stock photo for bio
« on: August 27, 2018, 11:32:02 am »
He knows his images are used as author photos on Amazon. He posted a screenshot of a "nutritionist" using his picture there. The image is still up, so I don't think he took action. He is the rights holder, so he can do what he wants.

However, he might not know he has the right to take action. Unsplash doesn't allow using recognizable people without further permission.

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