Sunday, April 12, 2009

Literary Glitch

I got an e-mail this morning. She explained that she posts lists on Amazon. She's most interested in gay reading lists. Apparently, I was an author on her list that Amazon deranked because my work was considered "adult" material. Rather, they think it's porn.

Yeah, I spend years researching stories about love, war, injustice but what I'm really writing is smut! Read more here.

Amazon is calling the deranking of gay books a glitch. Does anyone hear the sound of back pedaling?


Don Cummings said...

Nasty! Noel.
Get on top of Amazon!
But also, if you did end up writing a big ol' smut-fest of a book---well, you know, you'd probably make more money on that than the ones you spent so much time on. Dang.

Maria Turnmeyer said...

Noel. It is Maria Turnmeyer with AAS at CSUN. I've assigned your first novel - Letters - to my AAS 321. I'd like to discuss a possible class visit. I see you have been busy writing. Yay! I'll be sure to pick up your latest. For now, I am enjoying revisiting Letters. Rebecca B. Bubba says "hi." Peace!

Cheryl said...

You can't sell a gay book without putting a partly-naked dude on the cover, but if you do (or even if you don't), it'll get called porn. As if writing itself weren't hard enough.

Sundry said...

Wow, I'm glad they're backpeddling and not trying to justify their mistake.

josephine anne lin said...

I sent two angry messages to Amazon demanding a real apology - and I got one. In addition to the "ham-fisted" boilerplate language, they also wrote:

"I would like to apologize for the inconvenience you have experienced and express our gratitude for the patience you've displayed thus far."

Thanks so much for bringing this to my attention.