It’s the proverbial 2 a.m. knock at the door.
You’re dragged out of your bed, hauled away, and thrown into a dungeon never to be seen again. Your crime? You can only guess. No one will tell you.
How do you get out of the dungeon? They don’t tell you that either.
Who knows you’re there? Nobody.
Record of your existence is wiped out. When concerned family members ask about you by name they’re told, “Never heard of her.”
You exist in a no man’s land.
That’s what it’s like to have your book tagged by an “adult filter” on Amazon. All of a sudden your book disappears from searches. No one–not even with the exact spelling of your author name and exact title–can call it up on Amazon. No one notifies you the author or your publisher that this has occurred. The only way you find out is if you or somebody you know happens search for your book. On your Author Central dashboard everything looks normal. Your book is still listed, and no mention is made of the adult tag that has rendered your book invisible and inaccessible.
When readers can’t see it or buy it, your sales go into a freefall. When you’re an ebook author like I am, 80-90% of one’s sales come from Amazon.
Readers’ choices have been eliminated, and they don’t even know it. The books of their favorite authors are no longer available to them.
The triggers are arbitrary and mercurial. What was acceptable when your book was released suddenly is not. One author’s book is tagged while another with similar material skates by.
Trying to get the tag removed is a stab-in-dark guessing game. Was is the photo on the cover? The title? A trigger word in the blurb?And which word? There is no official list of “bad” words. Authors can only guess.
This scenario happened to me on Tuesday when Breeder, my first sci-fi romance was “adult-filtered” on Amazon. My husband searched for it to check my rankings and said, “Hey Breeder isn’t here.” Nothing looked amiss on my Amazon author dashboard. Only by going to Sales Rank Express did I see the ugly red “adult filtered” tag on Breeder.
This book has been out for nearly a year. It’s a science fiction romance. When it released it, ranked No. 2 in science fiction romance and fantasy romance on Amazon. Its sales ranking has been as high as 1100 (out of millions, that’s pretty good).
Now it has disappeared from the Amazon search engines. Key in “Breeder by Cara Bristol” and the only book that pops up is Terran, the second book of the series.
Loose Id, the publisher, has rewritten the blurb, and is contacting customer service to see if the tag can be removed. Some authors who have experienced this have been successful; many others have not. This has killed some books.
The timing could not have been worse for me. I’m getting ready to release Warrior, the third book of the series next month, and my publisher is getting ready to put out a print version of Breeder, also likely in October.
You can still buy Breeder on Amazon if you have the direct link. And you can access it from my Cara Bristol Amazon Author Page. Also, you can Google it. It’s available on BN, ARe, and through Loose Id.
Save Omra! Release Breeder from the dungeon!
To secure his legacy, Commander Dak, a ruling Alpha of planet Parseon, purchases Omra, a breeder slave. He intends to impregnate her, produce a son, and hand her off to his anointed beta partner. As Dak and Omra discover a sexual bliss banned by law, he begins to question the traditions and ways of his people, causing him to jeopardize his command and endanger the life of the woman he has come to love.
Coming October 21 – Warrior! The final Breeder book
As a despotic Qalin marches through Parseon intent on conquering every province, Commander Marlix pledges his sister to another Alpha to protect her. Desperate to decide her own fate, Anika flees and finds refuge with the guerilla resistance movement against Qalin. Marlix’s beta Urazi, a male of lesser status, tracks her intending to bring her home to fulfill her duty. But when love blossoms between them, and provinces fall to Qalin, Anika and Urazi realize home has ceased to exist and they alone are all that stand between the people of Parseon and the end of the world?