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Hello all,

I've had some success in the past including illustrations in my books and I'm looking to try something a little risque. I've got some sexy pinups of my characters that I was planning to include in my next publication, but I don't want to get in trouble with Amazon. The characters are nude, but everything is tastefully covered--nothing you couldn't find on a sexy calendar or swimsuit catalogue. But still...I'd hate to include the illustrations only to have my book taken down.

Anyone else have experience with this or any advice to offer?

I figure if nothing else, I can use the illustrations to promote my mailing list if things don't work out with the book, but I'd like to avoid complications after publication.

Thank you!
 

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LLBooks said:
Hello all,

I've had some success in the past including illustrations in my books and I'm looking to try something a little risque. I've got some sexy pinups of my characters that I was planning to include in my next publication, but I don't want to get in trouble with Amazon. The characters are nude, but everything is tastefully covered--nothing you couldn't find on a sexy calendar or swimsuit catalogue. But still...I'd hate to include the illustrations only to have my book taken down.

Anyone else have experience with this or any advice to offer?

I figure if nothing else, I can use the illustrations to promote my mailing list if things don't work out with the book, but I'd like to avoid complications after publication.

Thank you!
Interesting question. My book has illustrations of sex positions, but nothing too graphic (that is, no genitals are visible), more like faceless mannequins going at it. It's a non-fiction though. But considering some of the graphic novels that are sold on Amazon, I don't believe there should be any issue.
 

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There was someone a few years ago who had a graphic novel out. One character had bare breasts, and Amazon blocked the book. Last I remember, they refused to publish it due to pornography.

Amazon has some strange rules for what can and can't be published through KDP. A main publishing house can do things we aren't allowed to do. The best bet is to ask KDP if this would be allowed, and keep pushing (replying to the email you get back) until you get someone high enough that can okay it. Or not.

Personally, I wouldn't even try it. Such things can and have led to account terminations.
 

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Yikes! Scary to think about such a drastic consequence. Nothing that's shown in my illustrations isn't anything you couldn't find in a sexy calendar at the super market--all necessary bits are covered. Still, that's good advice about reaching out to them. It sounds like it could be a tedious process...guess I'd better get started.

As I said though, worst case I can use them as Mailing List incentives.
 
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