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Important Announcement from Amazon

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Initial post: 15 Dec 2011, 21:31:28 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!

Posted on 16 Dec 2011, 13:20:35 GMT
P. Cobb says:
Thank you ACT! A big 'phew!'

Whilst understanding that authors wish and have a need to self promote, when somebody posts a genuine appeal for titles, drawing on the experience of your myriad readers, self-promotion ruins the threads. A welcome and much appreciated move. It will be interesting to see how your new `Meet Our Authors' community develops.

Posted on 19 Dec 2011, 11:17:12 GMT
BM says:

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2011, 05:41:20 GMT
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Posted on 30 Dec 2011, 22:17:39 GMT
sandsy says:
Woohoo! Hopefully, this forum can now truly be helpful for those seeking advice on children's books.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jan 2012, 19:00:52 GMT
Broxi3781 says:
Thank you :)

Posted on 3 Jan 2012, 03:24:30 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Jan 2012, 03:25:47 GMT
FSamuel says:
Yes, there should be a balance but why totally banning self promotion? I have found wonderful books from authors who have self promoted their books in threads, books that I might not have noticed and missed otherwise. Of course, we do not like spammers, but I do not see anything wrong when authors come into a thread and say ''why don't you try my book?'' as long as they are not pushy and do not divert the thread discussing their book at length. Now, that I shall have to go to a specific forum, it takes away a bit the element of surprise.It is a bit like when you do window shopping and have no money with you, you usually find the dress you always wanted, but when you go to shop exclusively for it, you can never find it!!!

Posted on 4 Jan 2012, 19:21:12 GMT
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Posted on 5 Jan 2012, 11:39:57 GMT
I'm not sure what Amazon hopes to achieve by this. It seems to want to closet both self-published kindle books and their authors into a ghetto of 'you can only talk to people we approve of'. There is a difference between a response which says "I think your 8 year old with advanced reading skills will enjoy The Princelings of the East because the story is suitable but the writing is rich" and one that says "my book is the best thing since sliced bread - read it!".

I'm sure people who ask the question can distinguish between the replies.

And I think I might like to try the Vegetarian Vampire book as well...

Posted on 5 Jan 2012, 12:40:13 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2012, 23:34:09 GMT
Ian, I've got a lot of sympathy with your viewpoint, but I am glad to see that Amazon have decided to address this. My reasoning for this is not because of people like you, but because some writers behave less well. In your reply you made it quite clear that you are the author of the books to which you linked, and I don't have a problem with that. The thing that I don't like is authors self-promoting without stating their authorship. I do enjoy the forums and really like getting new suggestions for books for my daughter, but what I'm tired of is seeing postings by (and I'll make a fictional one up, not wishing to cause offence) 'Joe Bloggs', saying "Have you tried 'Space Dog Goes to Mars', which is a superb piece of fiction loved by children"...and when you follow the link, you see it's written by J.Bloggs. Even worse, sometimes you see the same author plugging their book on thread after thread, regardless of whether their book seems to be suitable for the child that is being asked about. I just get tired of clicking on links to see that it was someone self-publicising.

As I mentioned earlier, I really don't mind if somebody posts quite clearly that they have written a book that is appropriate for that particular thread, and will quite possibly have a look, but it does annoy me if I feel that they have tried to pass it off as a suggestion from a reader, or if they have described their own book as 'marvellous' or 'fantastic' without stating an interest. Perhaps, though, Amazon could have been less draconian; perhaps asking self-publicising authors to include a clear statement about the fact that they have authored the book would have been a good idea, instead of the blanket ban?

And I hope you'll sell loads of copies of your book btw!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2012, 15:07:45 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jan 2012, 15:09:08 GMT
Ian, I'm glad I've read this discussion page as I have myself only just been published on Kindle. I've replied to you as I thoroughly agreed with your comments. I have been writing and submitting children's stories for ten years to no avail. I'm never going to be a J.K. Rowling but I like to write the type of book I read at the 9-12 age. I've been told my stories are not fashionable but when researching with children at my local library, I find there are still those that like the good old adventure tale. I throw in a bit of supernatural and light fear but I'm not going to be giving youngsters nightmares with my tales. Won't make the error of mentioning my title. Angela

Posted on 30 Jan 2012, 09:44:51 GMT
Maths Mummy says:
Despite all of this there still seems to be the same amount of self promotion happening as always.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2012, 12:34:46 GMT
Yes, I think it's going to be a tough call to find that fine line between a recommendation and shameless self-promotion.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2012, 20:19:04 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 Jan 2012, 20:19:42 GMT
Ian Atkinson says:
Hi Angela, fashionable or not, I've bought a copy of your book, 'Guardian of the Key' - I'm looking forward to reading it. Good luck to you. Ian

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2012, 13:37:41 GMT
Non says:
hat if the author is a child, sorry didn't know about self promotion not allowed, though technically its not my book

Posted on 28 Feb 2012, 18:23:32 GMT
Jules.M says:
Spamming a book on the forums IS wrong. But denying a self-published author the freedom to say "I wrote this" or "Perhaps you might find this suitable" for just this sort of reader is also wrong. Surely there must be some middle ground here? OR have the few spoiled it for the many, AGAIN.
I mean...
I always ask the butcher if he has a nice cut for the stew, I don't shove my hand in his face and look for the reddist bit on the counter, if you catch my drift?

Posted on 29 Feb 2012, 18:51:49 GMT
J.R. Barker says:
Perhaps it should be up to the discretion of the person who put up the post in the first place. I'm a newly published author and I haven't gone around forums jumping up and down demanding people to read my book. Like Ian I feel embarrassed about it. I don't have a problem with it, as long as it's relevant to the discussion or an alternative author is suggested.
Perhaps if the person who wrote the post, and possibly other commenters, could vote on whether the comment was spammy and enable the comment to be removed if enough people found it to be annoying, it might make those authors a bit more respectful about how they went about marketing their book. It would be nice if those votes then that carried to all their other posts they posted in every forum regardless of relevance.

Just a thought anyway.

Posted on 29 Apr 2012, 12:23:48 BST
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In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2012, 16:05:35 BST
I'm sorry but I had no idea until I read this post, that an author can't promote their own book, as I'm new to this. Well, now I know. I will join the Authors in the Authors community instead as recommended.

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In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2012, 21:19:28 BST
sophie says:
I totally agree -it should be done kind of discreetly but shouldn't be banned. I've seen posts on here from people looking for books for their kids just like the ones I've written but I'm not allowed to helpfully tell them about it. I would only ever mention my books if it totally fitted the category someone was looking for. Maybe that's what the rule should be.
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