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message 1: by Pat (new)

Pat Powers | 42 comments I'm an erotica writer who has had books banned by Amazon. You get enough books banned by Amazon, and you lose your Amazon account, so I've moved all my titles that even MIGHT get banned by Amazon to Smashwords and Barnes and Noble.

If you are an erotica writer who publishes on Amazon, you know what a minefield it can be. (If not, I'll be glad to go into detail in a thread devoted to that topic.) But the thing is, it's not just the writers who are being hurt by Amazon's peculiar censorship, it's the readers -- they are being denied the content they want by Amazon.

So I was thinking all the Smashwords authors whose content has been banned (Amazon prefers 'blocked" but it means "banned") by Amazon should get together and develop some marketing tools to let indie readers know the content they really want is on Smashwords and not Amazon.

One of the simplest and most powerful ways to do that, I think, would be to develop a "Too Hot For Amazon!" campaign which would involve letting readers know that the content that they want is on Smashwords, not Amazon . No individual author would own the campaign, it would be a group endeavor designed to benefit all the authors involved.

The campaign could involve:

1) Develop a "Too Hot For Amazon!" logo that all authors involved could put on their Smashwords titles to let readers know that this particular book is full of scorching hot content that readers seek

2) Talk up the "Too Hot For Amazon!" topic on blogs, on message boards (like this one) to try to get readers and other authors interested in books on Smashwords and in their books ... of course, as part of it you could promote your OWN books as Too Hot For Amazon! while promoting the general notion that Smashwords is the place to go for content you can't get at Amazon.

3) Could also portray Amazon as fuddy-duddy and dull. This should be fairly easy since the content that authors are producing there tends to BE more fuddy-duddy and dull. What we want to do is attract readers who are not content with Amazon's product, and make them aware of the Amazon censorship that is making the product so dull.

4) Might even run some ads for your books on Smashwords that are "Too Hot for Amazon"

I can do all of these things myself, for my books, but I'm just a single voice i n the wilderness. All of us working together, I think, will be able to pry many more readers loose from Amazon. So I thought I'd post here and see

1) If there are a lot of other authors on Smashwords in my situation (I know there are) who
2) Like this idea and want to go with it.

I think it could benefit, not just Smashwords erotica writers, but ALL Smashwords writers, because it will bring greater attention to Smashwords, and erotica readers read a LOT of stuff besides erotica.

What say you, O solons of the Smashwords author group on Goodreads?

message 2: by A.L., Stormy Chronicler (new)

A.L. Butcher (alb2012) | 998 comments I'm lucky - mine have been OK thus far. Might be a fun project.

message 3: by Pat (last edited Oct 14, 2016 06:07PM) (new)

Pat Powers | 42 comments Well, the idea is that it doesn't have to be a lot of work for any particular group or individual. It should be easy to implement ... we've all got enough to do just writing and marketing our own books. If it's a time-consuming hassle it's not going to be very attractive. Idea is, you just put the logo on appropriate book covers and talk up the books as too hot for Amazon on your blogs/whatever, and it seamlessly and easily integrates into your own marketing efforts.

message 4: by Thaddeus (new)

Thaddeus White | 31 comments Doesn't affect me but does sound a worthwhile idea (like when Swedish cinemas advertised Life of Brian by saying it was so good it had been banned in Norway).

message 5: by Pat (new)

Pat Powers | 42 comments Thaddeus wrote: "Doesn't affect me but does sound a worthwhile idea (like when Swedish cinemas advertised Life of Brian by saying it was so good it had been banned in Norway)."

Or like the books that used to say "Banned in Boston" back in the day. Idea is, we've got something Amazon does not. The readers who are finding Amazon's heavily censored erotica too mild for their tastes might find it very appealing.

Thinking right now of going to Twitter with #2Hot4Amazon.

message 6: by Pat (new)

Pat Powers | 42 comments Created a logo that anyone can use, here's the link. I have a GIMP file of it if you want to play with it, that I can send you. I think GIMP can convert to PSD as well. Send me a message if you want it;

message 7: by Pat (new)

Pat Powers | 42 comments Also posted the art to #2HOT4AMAZON.

Also, my most current book has the art on the cover, if you're curious as to how it can be used:

message 8: by Pat (new)

Pat Powers | 42 comments HOLY CRAP, ALL THE POSTS ON #2HOT4AMAZON date back to October 2014 ... two years ago ... I'm in a TIME WAAAAAAARP!

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