Amazon Cracks Down On Indies Self Promotion, No More Indie Author Spam

shameless self promotionIn a move clearly designed to keep both Kindle forum users and Indie authors happy, Amazon has created a special place within the discussions just for self promotion (although this probably makes far more pure readers happy than authors). It was bound to happen as Kindle owners who use the forums to discuss the e-reading device and their favorite ebooks were mostly tired of being perpetually bombarded with promotional spam from self-published, Indie authors.

From Amazon’s announcement:

Amazon recently created a new community for authors. The `Meet Our Authors’ community is designed to give authors a space to engage with one another and promote their latest and greatest works.

With the advent of the new community, we will no longer allow self promotional posts in other communities. Starting on Monday, May 16th, all “shameless self promotion” activity will be limited to the `Meet Our Authors’ community. Promotional threads outside of these forums will be removed.

We invite authors and interested readers to come join the discussion at:

http://www.amazon.com/forum/meet%20our%20authors

So far it seems to be a lot of concern about nothing. Still business as usual for Indie authors at Amazon forums, just a little more segmented.

What do you think? Wise move or just putting all those Indies out on their own little island like Gilligan and the castaways?

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6 Responses to “Amazon Cracks Down On Indies Self Promotion, No More Indie Author Spam”

  1. Patience Prence Author Says:

    Great article Jason! I am one of those authors that have been swept into the closet. There are 10,000 authors seeking to be “noticed.” I think the biggest concern for authors is “Will the readers be able to find us?” I guess we will just have to wait and see. If it hurts Amazon’s pocketbooks I’m sure the stockholders will start screaming.

    Patience Prence Author
    SCARS: An Amazing End-Times Prophecy Novel
    http://www.thespringharvest.com

  2. Patience Prence Author Says:

    Great article Jason! I am one of those authors that have been swept into the closet. There are 10,000 authors seeking to be “noticed.” I think the biggest concern for authors is “Will the readers be able to find us?” I guess we will just have to wait and see. If it hurts Amazon’s pocketbooks I’m sure the stockholders will start screaming.

  3. Karen B Says:

    I’m not excited about this announcement at all. As a self-pub author in the Christian Fiction market, I’ve found that these types of mass forums it’s next to impossible to reach my target market. I imagine other authors will experience the same thing.

    I find it interesting that Amazon thinks this is a big issue. Many of the Amazon communities that I visit and post to regularly specifically invite authors to post info about their books.

    • Jason Matthews Says:

      I feel similarly, Karen. We’ll how how it goes over the next few weeks. Hopefully there will still be ways to reach our target audiences within the forums.
      Thanks for dropping by.


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