Authors Answer 91 – An Amazon Nightmare

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This week, we have a bit of a different Authors Answer. There was an incident that happened last month between an author and Amazon. The author’s account was suspended and all of her books taken down due to irregular borrowing activities in Kindle Unlimited. Here is the entire story, which I suggest you read.

The author, Pauline Creeden, has resolved everything with Amazon, and her account has been restored. However, this can be scary for an author whose main income is through Amazon’s KDP. So, this week, we discuss this issue.

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 91 – What are your thoughts about this issue?

Tracey Lynn Tobin

My immediate thoughts? That is total BS. It reminds me irresitably of the draconian YouTube system of “if someone puts in a copyright claim on you you’re guilty until proven innocent”. But at least with the terrible YouTube system you have a chance to defend…

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About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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