So, some of you may know who I am. If not, quick intro:
I started in 2011 as an indie author, walked away from trad pubbing. It wasn't my thing. Long story short, break out book hit the NYT list after sleeping for 9 months, then I had a novel hit the top 100 of amazon and stay there for over 100 days. I've sold over 10 million copies and work 100+ hours a week. Writers work their asses off.
Recently, KDP decided to pull my books from 2013. I'm well known with a KDP rep and filed my copyright papers. No one asked for them--they simply pulled my titles with no notice. 4 times.
I'm willing to say the first three could have been a glitch. Book 4? Unlikely. Will more follow? Probably?
I got no response from my rep or from amazon saying why it happened.
I posted this on FB:
Amazon pulled 4 of my titles this week because they didn't believe I was me. Yup, that's right--even Facebook was able to verify that. You'd think with, I don't know, social security numbers and banking info that it'd be clear I was me, but alas--they want proof.
So I log into my email saying that my book has been pulled from sale on Amazon, despite the fact that I own the copyright, they know I'm me (for taxes), and I asked them to research this 'problem.'
I played nice and thought the first three times was a glitch, because I received no warning, no notice--nothing--before my book was scrubbed from their site.
The copyright is public record. They could have found it or requested it long before now!
The book that was removed tonight was THE ARRANGEMENT 7. If you have any love for me, Sean Ferro, or authors--tell Amazon/ Amazon Kindle that this is NOT a good way to treat their authors. Tell them that they shouldn't treat new writers this way--they shouldn't treat anyone this way! ...
This post will probably kick me in the ass. No one speaks out against Amazon. Ever. In all honesty, in the past I couldn't find a bad thing to say about them if I wanted to, but over the past few months--holy crap.
That sums it up, but wait! There's more!
Have you heard of authors being extorted by people? It's the newest thing and Anazon's policy works right into these peoples evil hands. The word on the street is this: a writer gets their book put in amazon copyright jail. It can perish there (I'm sure you've heard the tales), and suddenly there's a message from an evil citizen asking for money. They say they can lift the copyright infringement claim if you send them $X today.
What the heck is going on?
I'm serious in saying there was a time KDP did nothing wrong. I was a nobody with no rep. I earned enough money to feed my family and pay my bills. I worked my ass off and they watched out for their writers in a way that NY publishers never could.
Amazon people reading this post--why did you toss that away? You had hundreds of thousands of writers praising you. Now we have this.