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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SPFBO: Ten Finalists!

The SPFBO reviewers have chosen their ponies and the race is about to begin!

If you haven’t been following along, the SPFBO is a contest created by author Mark Lawrence to shine a light on quality self-published fantasy. Out of 300 entries, 10 finalists have now been chosen to compete for the top spot. And while The Blood-Tainted Winter is not one of those 10 finalists, it’s been a fun ride through this first round, I’ve made some friends along the way, and I can’t wait to follow along to the end.

Let’s take a look at our finalists:

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SPFBO Update: The Deadline Looms!

The deadline for the first round of the SPFBO is just a few short weeks away, which means the bloggers have only a little time to finalize their winners before the second round begins. Six more books have yet to be enthroned, but for now we have four finalists and it’s time to throw another spotlight on them!

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