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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