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Amazon notified me that my title content was not acceptable and to respond back if I disagreed with them.

The name of the novel was Almost Women. It is about alien creatures that resembled women. I guess that the checking program didn't like the title for some reason.

Anyway, I replied back and told them that my novel wasn't in violation of their content rules.

But I still don't know exactly why the novel was rejected?

Do you know what the issue was?
 

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I intended putting this on the Writer's Cafe, but I put it here by mistake.  However, it will not let me delete it so I guess it will have to be moved by one of the managers.
 

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This is the full e-mail. It seems strange that they did not tell me what the violation actually was.

Hello,

We're contacting you regarding the following title(s) that you submitted for sale in our Kindle Store:

B0054H1EUY Almost Women

During our review process, we found that your title contains content that is in violation of our content guidelines. As a result, we will not be offering this title for sale.

You may reply to [email protected] if you believe this decision has been made in error.

Best regards,

Robert F.
http://www.amazon.com
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By "title," Amazon means your whole book. Each book you publish qualifies as a "title." I learned this because they notified me that my "title" was missing content. Turns out a reader complained about my cliffhanger ending and told Amazon my book was incomplete. Once I notified Amazon of the issue, they had no problem.

Amazon should get back to you with a more specific reason if you've contacted them. I had no idea what the issue was with my book after the first email either.
 

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Huh. I did notice that I uploaded a new title and had an extra word in it by mistake (I tried to call it Shimmerlight - An Erotic Time Time Travel Romance Novella). I was going to edit it back when it was open again, and noticed that someone on Amazon already had - the title now is just Shimmerlight.

Go figure.
 

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Jill, that's weird-- I have several books entitled "an erotic so-and-so," and Amazon's never edited the titles.  I'm putting one up this week; I wonder if it'll be edited?

Franklin, I agree with others that by "title" Amazon probably meant your whole book.  Is there any sexual content in it?  If so, something about it might be tripping their system (sexual content in and of itself will not get a book rejected, obviously, but things like incest/underaged sex can cause them to refuse to carry it).  If not, I'd guess their automatic system spotted something it thought was unacceptable.  You may have to talk to a human being in CS to get it straightened out.
 

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EllenFisher said:
Jill, that's weird-- I have several books entitled "an erotic so-and-so," and Amazon's never edited the titles. I'm putting one up this week; I wonder if it'll be edited?
Ellen, me too! I thought it was weird. I figured whoever was reviewing the queue thought my title was too long and unnecessary since they were editing anyhow? I don't know. :) It didn't bother me, I just thought it was interesting.
 

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Here is the response that I got back from Amazon.

Hello,

Thank you for your e-mail. We'll respond to your message as soon as possible.

We're answering emails during regular business hours, Monday through Friday with a turnaround time of 2 business days.

Thanks for your interest in Kindle Direct Publishing.

Best Regards,

Kindle Direct Publishing
http://kdp.amazon.com
 
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https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/help?topicId=A2TOZW0SV7IR1U

Does your book do any of the following:

Pornography
Pornography and hard-core material that depicts graphic sexual acts.

Offensive Material
What we deem offensive is probably about what you would expect. Amazon Digital Services, Inc. reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of Titles sold on our site.

Illegal Items
Titles sold through the Kindle Direct Publishing Program must adhere to all applicable laws. Some Titles that may not be sold include any Titles which may lead to the production of an illegal item or illegal activity.

Stolen Goods
If Amazon Digital Services, Inc. learns that a Publisher does not have the right to license a Title to us through the Kindle Direct Publishing Program, we will immediately remove the Title from the Program.

Items that Infringe Upon an Individual's Privacy
Amazon Digital Services, Inc. holds personal privacy in the highest regard. Therefore, Titles that infringe upon, or have potential to infringe upon, an individual's privacy - or that portray an individual in a false light - are prohibited. Additionally, Titles that are composed of marketing lists (bulk e-mail lists, direct-mail marketing lists, etc.) are prohibited.

Recopied Media
Copies, dubs, duplicates of software, images, etc., are prohibited. Likewise, you cannot sell transferred media from the Internet to any digital format--unless explicitly approved by the author.

Rights of Publicity
Celebrity images and/or celebrity names cannot be used for commercial purposes without permission of the celebrity or their management. This includes product endorsements and merchandise as well as unauthorized celebrity image collections.

Public Domain
Selling content that is in the public domain is permissible through our Program. We may request that you provide proof that your submitted material is actually in the public domain and may refuse public domain content already available through our Program or available through other retail sites.

Further, a little known problem is that Amazon does not generally like links to Amazon IN books. I've had this issue with Createspace with ads that say things like "Available on Amazon."
 

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If they don't accept it, I plan on changing the title and rewriting my description. I don't actually see anything wrong with it though. It is a good story and could actually happen and might be better for the world in the long run. I would like to see it published since I do like the novel.

So I will wait and see what they say.

 
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If they don't accept it, I plan on changing the title and rewriting my description. I don't actually see anything wrong with it though. It is a good story and could actually happen and might be better for the world in the long run. I would like to see it published since I do like the novel.
You don't seem to be understanding. The issue is not the actual title or name of the book. When Amazon refers to your title, they mean the book itself. I just read your description. It sounds like you are selling a book about graphic underage sex, which would clearly violate Amazon's abovementioned content terms if that is in fact the case.
 

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What Julie said. Your other titles seem to include graphic sex details, and this title is about high schoolers.
Despite what Amazon says, "graphic sexual acts" are generally permitted (or have been thus far). But if it's about underaged sex, then this does seem to be something Amazon will typically refuse to carry if they notice it. ( I really don't think the guidelines are entirely clear on this matter-- Amazon leaves them vague on purpose, I think-- but we know from experience that this is something they won't carry). So yes, if it's about high schoolers and has sex in it, that is probably the problem. Changing the title and description is not going to help-- they're objecting to the content of the book itself.
 

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From reading the description on the Amazon listing, it appears that you might have include graphic sex in a story about high schoolers, which Amazon often has a problem with.

Lots of books contain teens having sex. But it's when it's graphic on-screen erotic sex amongst teens that it becomes a possible violation of Amazon's terms.
 

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Ellen, you may be right.  If it is about high school, that they are objecting to, then I will have to raise their ages to the college level which won't hurt the story much.  I don't mind rewriting those scenes.

It seems strange though that this could be it since many novels have had this same story line.  In the last picture show by Larry McMurtry, it is all about high school age kids and his scenes are very graphic. 

But we are only speculating, but it will be interesting to see what their logic is.  I wished their guidelines were clearer.  No telling what they might object to.

 

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It's a double standard.

But basically if you're writing erotica steer clear of any characters under the age of 18.

People who write Literary Fiction can get away with it, if its deemed their work has artistic merit. But if your work isn't published by a big company, with deep pockets and a legal team, don't do it.  

This isn't speculation, btw every few weeks or so an Erotica Author posts a story here similar to yours. The answer is always the same. Amazon will not publish your erotica, if you have -18 characters in it.
 
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T.J. Dotson said:
It's a double standard.
No, it is about INTENT.

If you are publishing literary fiction in which two underage characters have sex, the act is generally part of the story and meant to move the plot forward.

If you are writing erotica about hardcore graphic sex between minors, your intent is to fullfill the sex fantasies of people who want to have sex with teen girls.

INTENT matters. Context matters. Nothing exists in a void.
 

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This is the e-mail that I got back from them this afternoon.

Hello Franklin,

We've reviewed your response concerning the following title:

B0054H1EUY Almost Women

After further consideration, we've reinstated your book and you can view the detail page here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0054H1EUY.

We appreciate your feedback and apologize for any inconvenience caused by this temporary suppression.

Best regards,

Lucy L.
http://www.amazon.com


So that helps me so now I have nine novels, instead of eight. It is still processing so I can't access the link right now, but the block has been lifted.

Maybe I should change my description to say "the novel that almost got banned by Amazon."
 
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