New Year, Old Problem: Innocent Author Rank-Stripped For Third Time

Please read this one – no matter if you’re a reader or an author, having this happen to an author can ruin their career – especially if it happens often enough.

I am seriously considering pulling my books out of Amazon completely. It’s going to need a lot of thought on the matter and investigation into other publishing venues… oh and when I say pull my books out completely, I mean it – I won’t be using Smashwords to have files that a Kindle can use either.

David Gaughran

Kristi Belcamino is really being messed around by Amazon. Yesterday morning, she was rank-stripped for the third time, and it appears to be happening every time she puts a book free – even before she hits the promo sites or moves up the charts.

Back in September, Kristi was one of the unfortunate (and innocent) authors who were unfairly rank-stripped by Amazon for several weeks. She had a BookBub promotion which catapulted her up to #3 in the Free charts on September 18, was then rank-stripped, and didn’t have the sanction lifted until October 22 – over one month later.

Along with all the other authors I wrote about in October’s post Amazon’s Hall of Spinning Knives, Kristi received the standard form letter about rank manipulation from Amazon KDP’s Compliance team, regarding her book Blessed are the Peacemakers.


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