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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2011 2:02:19 PM PST
P.L. Blair says:
Joanne, I may have shared this story here, so if I have, I apologize ...
But, like you, I've always hated outlining. So in school, I would write the term paper first, THEN do the hated outline!
At least I had something to base it on, lol ...
And I totally agree with the songwriters ... Writing for me begins with the characters in my head, clamoring for me to tell their stories. And I'm glad I've helped you feel more comfortable with the characters in yours.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2011 8:12:54 AM PST
I really don't understand what's going on at Amazon these days.

I recently posted several promotions for my book DEADLINE in the MOA forum where they are allowed and I get a note from Amazon telling me they have deleted them because they are spam. Also warning me if I continue they can remove my posting privileges. They also deleted a couple of other posts commenting in reply to others. They were not promotional or offensive in any way. I have asked them for an explanation. No word yet.

Are they trying to drive authors away? Strange when they are selling our books.

Anyone else having similar problems?


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2011 8:36:20 AM PST
See AIm HIghs post on the previous page. She reported much the same thing.
I'm not sure exactly what is going on there, but I do feel bad for you authors : (

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 8:41:47 AM PST
[Deleted by Amazon on Dec 9, 2011 7:25:56 AM PST]

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 8:56:56 AM PST
Well, many would be sorry to see that happen. The letter you received seems very similiar to the one AIM HIgh received.
It really doesn't seem to make much sense?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2011 9:00:16 AM PST
L. Hawkins says:
Hey James yup I wrote AZ and have called them and you seriously don't even want to know the answer that they gave me after transferring me four times only to be told that I wasn't an AZ seller but a Kindle seller and had to hang up and try reaching out to Kindle Customer Service department... And if you've ever had to deal with Kindle Customer service then you know that they must be related to Houdini bc trying to reach them is like trying to find him. lolo... Any way I did send out a new letter to Kindle only bc I couldn't find a 1 800 #. If anyone has it, I would much appreciate it. I think AZ is going back on it's word to authors and if one of us allow it to happen it will began to happen in masses... But I''m only one person and can only fight so much.... AZ seems to respond better when they are blind-sided from the masses out there...

My sales might be puny but still a sale is a sale and when I sale AZ reaps benefits also; I really wish authors could see themselves as "the whole" and not a single author alone. If there are a million of us and each of us are selling at least one book a month a 2.99 cents each... AZ makes minimally a million dollars a month off us... and I don't know about you, but making a million dollars a month is not something to be sneezed at or ignored... But then again, maybe I've always seen the "broader" picture way before my time. At any rate, best wishes in your fight... I'm still fighting bc I can see the potential problem this will cause if for no one other than me... I don't know about anyone else, but I AM Author Alm Hlgh.....

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 6:50:08 AM PST
my book...MidEast ChessBoard...Have you
had a chance to read it...your constructive criticism...please????
It is available on amazon, booksamillion, barnes and noble , etc.
Or i would send you an authors copy ....????

woody voinche


by Woody Voinche

This book is an overview of the major events that have
contributed to the history of three major countries in the
mideast: Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan. From the coup d'etat
that brought about the downfall of Mossadeq and the rise
to power of the Shah of Iran; to the arming of the Shah and
his final downfall(with Iranian Air Force General Rabii telling his
Judges "General Huyser threw the Shah out of the country
like a dead mouse."); the hostage crisis in Iran and the use
of this event by both Republican and Democratic groups in
what became known as the October Surprise; the rise and
arming of Saddam Hussein and the part played by western
interests; the US support of the mujahadeen in Afghanistan
and the role played by Bin Laden and other Islamists culminating
in the breakup of the Soviet Union; the Islamist group on
the periphery of the Alkifah Refugee center in New York and
the 1993 World Trade Center bombing; the events leading up
to 911 and the evidence suggesting the Intelligence agencies
had advanced knowledge of this event; And the evidence that
US forces have had the opportunity to eliinate top al Qaeda
and Taliban forces in Afghanistan and Iraq but for whatever
reason have failed to do this...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2011 9:16:16 AM PST
P.L. Blair says:
James, I continue to be confused about what Amazon does, and doesn't, allow. Because I see contradictions ... Some authors seem to get away with stuff that other authors get dinged for. Maybe I'm not seeing the whole picture, but it would be nice to have a definition of what, exactly, does constitute "Spam" ...

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 1:16:15 PM PST
Yeah. It looks more and more like they won't want authors here at all.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2011 3:28:49 PM PST
I think it means -- when you come here and post the same thing in every thread - it is spam. I find it annoying too and let's face it, who's going to open a thread with 4,000 posts to look for books. No one.

Try to find your genre and post, join in other discussions and just leave a link occasionally -maybe once or twice a day at most. Amazon is doing lots of new stuff to help authors. It may not be what we want right now, but I am convinced they have not forgotten us nor do they want us to go away.

They just want us to stop spamming so readers will start to come here and find something other than repetitive posting in every silly thread.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 3:29:33 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2011 7:35:20 PM PST
You may have had your percentage at 70% rather than 30%. Anything less than $2.99 has to go with 30%. You'll find this option right above where you type in your price on the second page when you go back in to edit.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2011 7:38:04 PM PST
Amazon will not let you mark your book at .99 unless you have marked your percentage preference to 30%. If you go in to "edit" your book, you'll find this percentage option right above where you type in your price of .99 on the second page. If you've marked 70%, you'll have to price the book at 2.99 or higher.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2011 9:37:31 AM PST

The rule I follow is an interpretation of the guidelines.

1 - Promote in as many threads that fit your genre or the subject, BUT do not repeat the same post in any of them (which is easy when , like me, you have 19 published books) on any given day.
2 - Don't promote every day. (Twice a week and some spotting should surfice).
3 - Only promote in explicit promotional threads and only in MOA.
4 - Follow every thread you promote in and read the emails when they come in to a) respond to any discussion that your post starts, and b) to monitor activity in the thread. The more activity, the less your need to promote.
5 - Only have one book link in any given post, and never as your signature line (a legal no-no) for Amazon.
6 - Bowdlerize excerpts posts or risk an Amazon delete. Be generous with your words, share WIPs and other non-published materials.
7 - Never promote your work in a thread you started except your "Meet the Author" thread which is granted. If you start a discussion, you should restrict yourself from promotion. For example, I never promote in the Meet the Operation eBook Drop thread created for those special authors to promote their work.
8 - Always thank readers and other authors for their comments.
9 - IGNORE the occasional admonishment from trolls and never engage them.

I've developed these guidelines after contact and clarification from the Community team. Occasionally a post will be deleted. I then ask why. Generally, I can figure it out, say a mea colpa and remember not to do it again.

When I first started promoting in the threads (2007) it was the principle driver for sales. So-called Spamming (cut and paste posts in every thread on any given day) comes with the territory. Spamming doesn't drive sales or interest. Branding does and other niche opportunities.
Some may disagree, but since I've at this so long (my first book for the Kindle became available on Noverber 18, 2007 - one of the first ones up), I've done some things wrong and many things right. We adjust as the ground swells and the world changes - and, by golly, the world is changing.

Edward C. Patterson

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2011 10:25:50 AM PST
P.L. Blair says:
Thanks for the guidelines, Edward. I think I've followed most of them, kind of an instinctual thing ... It's good to see the rules in print, and I will work at remaining cautious - and respectful - in future.

Posted on Dec 3, 2011 2:52:31 AM PST
readerDee says:
I have question that I can't get answered by Amazon or anywhere else. I wonder can anyone help. I'll declare my interest. My brother is an author with lots of eBooks published. ( He will not come on these forums - he says he hates the shameless self promotion. Won't even let me say who he is!)
Here is the question: I wonder if anyone can explain what Amazon's sales ranks actually mean in terms of sales? He had a book jump from 600,000 to 11,000. But he's not self published and can't access Amazons sales figures and must therefore trust his small publisher.
Can any self published author say what that kind of jump might mean in actual books sold?
Help appreciated.

Posted on Dec 3, 2011 3:22:42 AM PST
readerDee says:
I've just read through all this thread. I now regret asking a question. Very few people seems to be here to do anything but complain or self-promote.
What is going on here. A few posters dominate with snide remarks and arguments.
I can see why my Bro stays away from these forums.
I still hope there are people here with a genuine interest in making Amazon a better place and helping us all understand how it all works.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2011 3:32:56 PM PST
P.L. Blair says:
Hi, readerDee. I'm one of those who are here to genuinely discuss ...
And you might stop in at The Spinning Wheel here in the MOA forum. It really is a fun place where nobody grouses (except about weather and politics, LOL), and folks are friendly.
I'm an author - fantasy/detective novels, and I've found nothing but support and friendship on TSW.
As for your main question ... I wish I had a clue as to what those numbers mean. Like your brother, I'm also represented by a small (based in Sheridan, Wyo.) indie publisher. Hopefully somebody else will jump in with an answer.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2011 8:51:10 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 9, 2011 8:52:22 AM PST
Ian Fraser says:
@readerDee its difficult to say with certainty how the rankings will translate into 'real' sales - but you can be assured that for that sort of jump, there's definitely had to have been an initial flurry of sales, followed by a couple of sales occurring on a regular basis to keep the book in the 11,000 region. My best seller bounces around 4-6,000 in the rankings - with occasional 'drops' to 9-10,000. But in terms of numbers sold, your guess is as good as mine. If the book is hanging in the 11,000 - then there's definite daily sales - whether they're just a few or large numbers, its impossible to really say. Hope this helps a bit?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2011 3:56:33 AM PST
teth says:
i just want to ask.I recently cancelled my Prime Membership and unfortunately,they took £49.35 first then refunded me on the same day.However,They again took £52.71 after a day.I am eligible to have a refund as i haven't used any of its benefits since can I get my money back?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2011 8:56:53 PM PST
Talia Carner says:
Please remove the discussion forums that so quickly slide into anti-Semitic (under the guise of anti-Israel) diatribe that has nothing to do with any specific book.
It seems that some individuals are responsible for that. You can warn them that they'd be banned from the forum should they continue--then do it!

Here is one such forum:

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2011 6:58:04 AM PST
I can give you an example for the rankings. dot-com (the US site; the other country sites have different numbers).
I hadn't sold anything for a while and was on #399'846.
1 book sold brought me to #106'506
1 book the next day to 66'346
Six days without sale pushed me to 266'521
1 book on the seventh day to 95'000
Conclusion: the lower you are, the higher the jump per 1 sold. You need to sell more than 1 book per week to stay above the 100'000 line.

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 10:38:55 AM PST
puggle-lover says:
I self-published my book, and I'm not allowed to self-promote. This is the only way I have to promote myself online. I guarantee that NO potential customers are going to the "Meet Our Authors" forum. That's just for optimistic people deluding themselves/ realistic people commiserating. Also, I published through CreateSpace which is owned by Amazon. You people get $8.19 from every $9.99 book I sell, so I thought you should WANT me to sell books. Also, I agree that it is VERY inconsistent. Many authors say "I'm so-and-so and my new book such-and-such would be perfect for you/your 6 month old reading at a third grade level/your mother in law/your mother-in-law's cat" and THEIR posts don't get deleted. Either delete them all, or let authors post!

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 10:44:27 AM PST
I am a reader and know many other readers who do frequent the MOA forum.
That being said, I can understand your frustation .

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 11:00:41 AM PST
puggle-lover says:
Thanks, Charlene!
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