A Halloween Story: Blood, Violence, & Amazon Advertising

I’m a fan of Amazon. Usually. But right now I’m pissed.

After hearing recently of the success a fellow self-published author had advertising his book on Amazon, I decided to give it a shot. Now, to preface this, I’m not ignorant of the conversation about whether this is an effective method for reaching a wider audience. Hint: a lot of people tend to think it’s not worth it. But this author gave a detailed summary of his methods and the trial and error he went through to find an ad that worked–meaning the right combination of a 150 character pitch, targeted interests, and timing. So I figured that giving Amazon ads a shot using the advice he had to offer wasn’t a bad idea.

I created an ad, hit the submit button, and assumed all would be well. Not so fast. Less than 12 hours later, I had an email telling me that my ad had been rejected because “it clearly shows images of blood or depicts a scene of violence.”

Need a refresher?

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You’ve Got Ravenmail

Like Vikings? Norse mythology? Fantasy?

Curious about THE SONG OF THE ASH TREE but haven’t yet taken the plunge?

Then you’re in luck because I’ve just gotten word (via raven, of course) that the Allfather has arranged a special promotion.

This week only, THE BLOOD-TAINTED WINTER, the first book in the series, is only 99¢ for Kindle.

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