For all your scam-reporting needs.
Okay, not all. But it’s a start.
I’ve had people emailing and asking where to start if they were to report or even how to start looking for these issues themselves.
Well, these screenshots, saved from twitter, are where I started. Right click, hit save. I don’t have larger pics, but I included names where the images aren’t very big. Just click on the i in the galley and pause the slideshow.
What to do with this info? Up to you.
I recommend sharing on sites like Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook and Amazon and let other readers know these authors are scamming you. Awareness helps. Talking about it helps. Reporting it helps even more.
But the best thing to do, if you understand how this can and does affect you? Use your voice. You can’t expect other people to handle the fight for you alone. Nora Roberts said her blog a few weeks ago in the comments:
I’m sorry, I can’t be your voice for the long-term. I don’t work in your world, and from what I see your world needs to fight for itself.Nora, Fall Into The Story
Authors in indie publishing and small press authors, especially those in romance, you’re affected because this is your world. Our world. But it’s not just small and indie published folks under the gun, as I’ve mentioned. Urban fantasy is another genre that’s popular on freelance platforms with ‘‘we’re looking to expand our stable…are you able to write in the uf/sci fi genres…’ and I’m seeing more ‘requests’ for cozies, lesbian fiction, young adult, etc.
Scammers hit like a plague and they’ll keep at it until they’re pushed out. And since the Kindle Unlimited Select platform lets those authors buy ads on Amazon where others can’t, they’re getting primo ad space right next to legit books.
Absolutely there are great authors on KU, and on Kindle Select, but they’re getting drowned out by the scam artists and the click farms, ads, releasing regurgitated books one right after the other, all of that manipulates that system and when our books come out, they’re drowning in a sea of muck. The big hitters shine through but it’s harder and harder for people in the midlist to even make a showing.
And that’s not sour apples because scam artists didn’t do jack to earn any so-called success, they didn’t hit it big with word of mouth. They bought rehashed books, used clickfarms, paid for ads, all to manipulate a system. It’s a scam for them and the thing that draws writers to writing doesn’t matter jack. It’s nothing more than a way to make money.
If that idea bothers you…you’ve got a voice. Use it. Read the letter I sent to Amazon. Write one yourself. Write your writing orgs and ask them to take action. Blog about it. Tweet it about.
If you’re a reader, you’ve got a stake in it, too, because you are being manipulated. The copyright date is when a book is first published and these scammers put new ones in when they reissue and repackage and spit these books out like new. That’s deceptive and where the FTC comes in. File a complaint with them. There are names listed in the gallery. Look up their books on Amazon or Goodreads and see if you can find others. Make other readers away and talk about it. The more people who know, the more readers that are talking about it, the sooner Amazon will talk notice because you guys are the ones funding the Kindle platform etc.