I hit the USA TODAY Bestsellers List!

I did it.

*cough*

Ahem.

What I meant to say was: I DID IT!!!!!!

You are looking at (or reading at?) an official bestselling author. It’s like winning an Oscar, or a Grammy–for the rest of my life I get to put this title everywhere. My gravestone, on my books, on my website, on my imaginary nameplate that sits on my desk. You know, wherever.

Out of 150 slots on the USA TODAY list, I hit #119. As I mentioned in my Kboards post which tracked the sales and progression of me trying to hit the list with my book “The Bellum Sisters Bundle” –at least I wasn’t the first loser.

Bwahahaha.😀😀

That’s something my husband would say. Mean but funny.

If you require proof. Here it is: http://www.gannett-cdn.com/usatoday/editorial/life/booklist/usatodaybooks.pdf. Just remember #119. And you’ll see me sitting happily there like an overly fat and content cat.

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Tubbs. The cat. Neko Katsume. The only game I have time to play anymore. Look it up.

So, that’s all. I could drone on about Rogue Blood, the 4th book in the Untouchables series I’m working on. But WHO CARES!? I’m a bestseller and I just want to thank every reader who’s ever picked up one of my books and made my dream come true. Now I gotta get out of here before I shed an internet tear.

Happy wicked reading!

~*~*~ T. A. Grey ~*~*~

Amazon, you hit like a bitch.

Looks like Amazon lost another legit reviewer while the scammers continue on.

The Never Ending Book Basket

It’s taken me a bit of time to write this post, but I figured it’s about time to share the utter nonsense that’s happened between me and Amazon, and how a company that I once highly respected, has now become one that I have zero respect for.

I’ve thought about writing this post for weeks, what I would say and how I would capture everything that’s happened, and I’ll be honest with the fact that this post has taken on many forms, but finally I decided that it would just be easiest to state the facts.

So here it goes…

IMG_0376 This is the first email I got from Amazon. As some of you know, on February 24th I was sent an email from Amazon letting me know that I could no longer post reviews on their website, and that all of my previous reviews had been suppressed or removed…

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Amazon Reviews (what they’re really worth)

Pretty sure I’ve experienced this as well!

Author k.e. garvey

Last week was a busy one. I had a proofreading job and an editing job, both due by Friday. Then, I received an email from my domain provider on Tuesday, which set off a chain of events that robbed roughly 20 hours from my already packed week. After a multitude of phone calls to my domain provider, an attorney, and more than 250 screenshots of someone’s malicious activity… I had to scramble to finish my contracted work. I was so ready for the weekend!

My original intention was to write a post about internet trolls in general with Amazon Reviews being a small portion of it, but as it turns out, there was too much material for just one post.

So, today is about Amazon and how cyber trolls take advantage of their review system. There have been other blogs about the same subject and I hate to add to the already bloated web…

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Amazon Takes Aim At Scammers But Hits Authors

A look into one of the negative aspects of Kindle Unlimited. I recently read a book on KU that had this same clickbait in the front of the book. I had never seen it before, so I clicked but it was for nothing I wanted — a sort of “special offer”. It wasn’t until I clicked that I realized the whole point was an effort to ensure the author receives full payout for their book. Such drastic measures only seems to point to further issues with the KU system.

David Gaughran

kuAmazon is an extremely innovative company – and usually quite responsive to self-publisher’s concerns – but sometimes it gets things very wrong too.

Today is one of those times.

I’ve received several reports from writers threatened with having books removed from sale, and heard even more worrying stories from others who had their titles actually removed from the Kindle Store without notice.

What were these authors guilty of? What crime did they commit for Amazon to adopt such heavy handed treatment? Something completely innocuous: the Table of Contents was at the rear of their books instead of at the front.

Yep, that’s it.

We’ll get to what might be the root cause of this crackdown in a moment, but Amazon is claiming that having a TOC in the end-matter instead of the front-matter is a breach of the (ever-changing, 100+ pages) Kindle Publishing Guidelines (PDF). Amazon says that rear TOCs result in…

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Barnes & Noble’s Dirty Little Secret: Author Solutions and Nook Press

David Gaughran dives deeper into the fiasco that is Author Solutions and its involvement in Nook Press. So disappointing on part of B&N.

David Gaughran

NookPressAuthorSolutionsNook Press – Barnes & Noble’s self-publishing platform – launched a selection of author services last October including editing, cover design, and (limited) print-on-demand.

Immediate speculation surrounded who exactly was providing these services, with many – including Nate Hoffelder, Passive Guy, and myself – speculating it could be Author Solutions. However, there was no proof.

Until now.

A source at Penguin Random House has provided me with a document which shows that Author Solutions is secretly operating Nook Press Author Services. The following screenshot is taken from the agreement between Barnes & Noble and writers using the service.

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You will see that the postal address highlighted above for physical submission of manuscripts is “Nook Press Author Services, 1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, Indiana.”

Author Solutions, Bloomington, Indiana. Image courtesy of Wikimedia, uploaded by Vmenkov, CC BY-SA 3.0 Author Solutions, Bloomington, IN. Image from Wikimedia, by Vmenkov, CC BY-SA 3.0

There’s something else located at that address: Author Solutions US headquarters in Bloomington…

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