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Initial post: 15 Dec 2011 21:26:49 GMT
Amazon recently created a new community for authors. The `Meet Our Authors' community is designed to give authors a space to engage with one another and promote their latest and greatest works.

With the advent of the new community, we will no longer allow self-promotional posts in other communities. Starting on December 15, 2011, all "shameless self-promotion" activity will be limited to the `Meet Our Authors' community. Promotional threads outside of these forums will be removed.

We invite authors and interested readers to come join the discussion at:

We look forward to seeing you!
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Posted on 7 Jan 2012 16:38:38 GMT
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Posted on 9 Jan 2012 09:33:10 GMT
Sou'Wester says:
Am I missing something here? This thread is headed up by Amazon announcing that self-promotion is NOT permitted in these forums and, lo and behold, we have writers using this very thread to indulge in plugging their work!!

Posted on 9 Jan 2012 15:25:16 GMT
M. Allani says:
series of links gave me the impression this was the ONLY place authors are allowed to self-promote!

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2012 15:59:48 GMT
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Posted on 9 Jan 2012 16:05:08 GMT
Sou'Wester says:
Amazon's announcement at the head of this thread states that self promotion should be confined to the "Meet Our Authors" forum and that it should not encroach on general discussion forums as this. Probably the easiest way to access the MOA forum is to scroll down to the bottom of this page; there you should find this included under the heading "Most Active Community Forums".

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2012 20:31:45 GMT
monica says:
Jolly good luck--this forum seems such a back-road that advertising continues unchecked on some threads. As for this thread, I wouldn't be interested in anything written by anyone so self-absorbed and devoid of observational powers as the advertisers here; how on earth could someone like that create a character with a shred of credibility?

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2012 11:42:24 GMT
M. C. Gloady says:
You're so right, Monica.

I clicked on this thread expecting to see nothing but self-promotion. Thank goodness, it's a long time coming. Nothing more dull than self-published vanity press authors desperately trying to sell a copy to someone who's not related to them.

And of course, these posts are usually dull and uninteresting - meaning that those copies go unsold. As they deserve to be judging by the quality of the writing of these self-penned adverts.


In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2012 19:35:56 GMT
Laurie Brown says:

Another persepctive: I'm a self-published author and I enjoy my work. I wrote my book myself, edited it (I'm not claiming perfection here) myself, published it myself and am doing all the promotion myself. It's a lot of fun. E-books are here to stay and I don't mind having Amazon/Kindle behind mine.

Additionally, if it wasn't for self-publishing I wouldn't have found myself on this UK site and wouldn't have met so many nice and interesting people. Btw, I did sell a few copies of my book in the UK and I don't have any relatives there.

Laurie Brown

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Feb 2012 15:50:12 GMT
Bookworm says:
Like you Lizzie Scott is also self published through Amazon in the States as paperback and UK in are new authors to get known if they can't advertise through these forums...Laurie...I'm going to look for your book :-)

Posted on 17 Feb 2012 07:50:46 GMT
Sou'Wester says:
A.S. Self-promotion is permitted and indeed encouraged in the Meet Our Authors forum. All Amazon have done is to stop the general forums being swamped by advertising, which was making them virtually useless to customers seeking genuine discussions.

Posted on 15 Sep 2012 22:47:18 BDT
Matt H says:
Ok to mention a book in a genuine conversation if it is to do with the conversation for those authors(i'm assuming) but for blatant advertising, the new writers forum is excellent. . . Those readers that wish to read new material by fresh authors can seek out such material there and also, in the new writers forum, people have the ability to publicly talk about a writers work with the writer, so it is a win win situation surely?

Posted on 21 Dec 2012 19:45:05 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2013 13:56:09 GMT
Sorry learning as I go

Posted on 2 Apr 2013 13:23:30 BDT
Sue says:
Yes, I'm with David A Barnes and wasn't aware of this rule. Sorry.

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Posted on 28 Jul 2013 10:16:34 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jul 2013 11:41:10 BDT
TomC says:
If you're going to post on a thread, then the least you ought to do is to read the original post. This would have told you, in very clear and unambiguous terms, that self-promotion is not allowed and not welcome here. Now go away and don't come back.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jul 2013 12:26:29 BDT
Desktopgem says:
I am so sorry Tom. I obviously misunderstood the original post. There's no need to be rude. I am new to all this and so maybe you have been one time but thank you for letting me know.

Posted on 28 Jul 2013 13:28:07 BDT
Waspolly says:
I too was 'led astray' with the original question on this site. Some of us can be quite naive Tom! Are you employed by Amazon Tom? There is no need to be rude about it!

Posted on 28 Jul 2013 15:22:34 BDT
monica says:
God in heaven, there is nothing whatsoever misleading about the OP. Either the last two posters are being disingenuous or their reading skills are so poor that their own writing can't be worth a farthing.

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Posted on 29 Jul 2013 02:05:40 BDT
Marand says:
There is nothing to get used to nor any ambiguity. The OP clearly states you can't promote except in a designated forum and even provides a link to that forum. It couldn't be easier so there is no excuse for either your promo or for Eileen's.

If you clicked on the link and got to the MOA then it is full of promotional posts. The MOA was set up because the forums had been swamped by author promos. You complain about rudeness but the reality is that you are the rude one. You failed to follow Amazon's posting guidelines (you probably didn't even bother to read them) and you didn't even bother to spend a few minutes looking round the forums - if you had you couldn't fail to have noticed similar comments being made to other authors.

"I don't know why they say it's 'shameless self promotion' as all authors should have the right to promote their work. Why else to do they write?" Why you choose to write is irrelevant. There is no unfettered right to free promotion. Adverts generally have to be paid for and most internet forums specifically ban adverts via forum posts for pretty obvious reasons. Amazon, on the other hand, have allowed authors to promote but imposed restrictions as they are entitled to do - it is their site, not yours.

Oh, and another thing, people aren't going to read your book just to find out how sensitive you are.
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