Think You Couldn’t Possibly Lose Your Amazon Publishing Account? Think Again.

Wow. This is a frightening prospect, and it reminds me of my post concerning publishers in which I stated that sometimes, it seems like the publishers are ignoring us authors in favor of figuring out how to get ahead and make the most dough as soon as possible, and that maybe we don’t really matter all that much. Either way, this article is worth a look for both authors and readers.

The Active Voice

There’s this indie author I know a little bit from the Kboards.com forum. Her name is Pauline Creeden, and she’s an ordinary midlister, like so many of us. I remember PMing her some time ago and gushing about how particularly beautiful one of her book covers is — the one for Chronicles of Steele: Raven.collection Here, I’ll include an image. Gorgeous, eh?

Anyway, today I tuned in to Kboards and noticed that Pauline had started a thread. It contained what’s surely the worst news possible for an indie author: Amazon had closed her publishing account. All her ebooks had been taken off sale. Permanently. Here’s the email she got from Amazon:

We are reaching out to you because we have detected that borrows for your books are originating from systematically generated accounts. While we support the legitimate efforts of our publishers to promote their books, attempting to manipulate…

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