Thursday, May 24, 2018
Banned on Amazon?
Over 48 hours ago, I received an email from some shadowy division of Amazon telling me that Battle Star: Trek Wars was being temporarily suspended (suppressed, they call it) because of confusing or misleading keywords.
When setting up the title for Amazon's print-on-demand service, CreateSpace, I was asked to put in keywords to help customers find my product in searches. Apparently, whatever I used (we can all guess, I'm sure) went too far.
But instead of merely removing my keywords or getting rid of them for Battle Star: Trek Wars altogether, they took the book off their virtual shelves. That seems like overkill. Could there be another motive?
I was told in that email that it would take 24 hours for them to review the matter after I sent in new keywords (which I immediately did). As I mentioned, more than 48 hours have passed. I've called CreateSpace's help # twice, but they could do little. Apparently this Amazon division cannot be directly contacted, they sit in judgement beyond our universe, maneuvering in dark and secret ways...
Since I've never encountered this problem before, all I can do is wait and hope with tentacles crossed.
In the meantime, I'm putting Battle Star: Trek Wars on sale over at DriveThruRPG. Get it here at 30% off until it's back on Amazon... whenever the fuck that might be.