Moderation by Amazon…again

The Trafficking Consortium

Yep, earlier this week, I was hit with a moderation by Amazon…again. Mother effing Amazon. This time, it was for an advertisement for The Trafficking Consortium running for years. Why now? I have no idea.

Of course, they have rules and regulations on appropriate content. The advertisement followed them and stayed within the boundaries of their rules. I even paid a consultant who was well versed in their rules and practices to write the ad. I even got Facebook and Twitter copy I could use, although I don’t use their advertising services very much due to cost. The ad should have been safe. 

Think again. 

At first, they just shut down the ad and notified me with a stupid generic moderation statement. Amazon’s message did not identify what was specifically wrong with the ad. I had to file an appeal to the moderation to dig into it. I ended up speaking to an Amazon Advertising Service Representative on the phone. After reviewing the ad, he agreed with me that it did NOT violate their rules and regulations. He then forwarded the appeal to someone up the chain.

The Response to my Appeal of Moderation by Amazon

Two days later, I got this response.

As per the update received from the team, they have determined that the ad’s (Campaign Name: Trafficking Consortium Campaign) content is not appropriate for all audiences.
The product description contains the following: 

Can she submit long enough to escape?

Avril Gillios keeps herself in top physical condition. So much the better for the casual flings where she submits herself to a man’s control.

WTF? This text is not in the advertisement. It’s in the product description of the book itself. Why are they now considering the product description when it is not part of the advertisement. Further, their rules for advertisements makes no mention that the product description needed to follow the rules as well.

Revised Version

Rather than arguing with them, I unwillingly submitted to their control. The new version of the description reads:

Can she survive long enough to escape?

Avril Gillios keeps herself in top physical condition. But running marathons and clean eating has made her sought after in a different circle: a thousand-year-old sex trafficking organization. Little does she know she’s about to be purchased....

I changed the word ‘submit’ to ‘survive’ and removed the line about submitting to a man’s control. I did not change the advertisement itself. 

The Result?

Amazon approved the modification to the product description and released its hold on the advertisement. Mother effing, you know what comes next. Do I really need these interruptions that keep me from producing new books? Not in the slightest.

Lesson learned. Amazon can be so frustrating…. God help me.

Help me out and buy my books so that I can stop advertising on Amazon. Thank you

The Trafficking Consortium
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FRJ9ZGF
Copyright (c) Richard Verry 2016, 2021

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Amazon’s Kindle Quality Notice Update

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The Trafficking Consortium

Amazon’s Kindle Quality Notice Update

Announcing:

Amazon’s Kindle Quality Notice

Copyright (c) Richard Verry 2017-2020

I’ve published a second edition of ‘The Trafficking Consortium,’ fully revised and edited, along with a bonus of new material for my reader’s enjoyment. Thank you to everyone for your patience while I set aside my other responsibilities to take care of dealing with Amazon’s Kindle Quality Notice. Not only did Amazon approve my #kindle version of the book, but they did the same for the paperback version. Read #TheTraffickingConsortium today, knowing you are getting some of my best work.

To catch you up

If you read my last couple of posts, you know I received notice from Amazon of defects in my book, ‘The Trafficking Consortium.’ The news shocked me initially, but then as I reviewed the reported flaws in the story, I realized, whoever wrote them, was spot-on correct. They were apparent, and between my editor and I, we should have found them four years ago before I published the book. Read More

A Ring of Truth

A Ring of Truth

After I wrote my story, The Trafficking Consortium, I started looking over my shoulder, wondering I had stumbled upon a ring of truth. Was I being watched and followed. I can’t tell you how many times I debated with myself whether to finish the story and then again, to publish it. I may not fit their profile of acceptable prey, but I believe that if I get too close to the truth, they may want to remove me as a threat. Read More

Avril’s Story

Avril Gillios behind bars

Avril’s story

In writing Avril’s story, I wrote an article on my research into missing adults. You might find it interesting. Here’s the link to the article.Avril's story, Missing Person, Adult Female

https://richardverry.com/2017/10/missing-persons-human-trafficking/

I struggle with the idea so many people go missing each year. Honestly, I still look over my shoulder. Am I getting too close to the truth? Is someone watching me?

Questions

After reading ‘Perfect Prey,’ I left you with unanswered questions in Avril’s story. You know, of course, I do this on purpose. I dangle hooks to entice readers to continue reading my stories. I intentionally leave some things unresolved. However, I will respond to some questions readers like you have asked.

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Writing up a storm

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writing up a storm

Writing up a storm

For the last three weeks, I’ve been writing up a storm. One thing you don’t know is that I am back from a vacation in the sun, mild warm temperatures, and dips in the pool. It sure is nice to get away from the brutal snow and frigid temperatures.

I wrote while enjoying the blue skies in my shorts and t-shirt. Writing up a storm, I got a lot done. I’m working in the third book in the Consortium Series. I only have a few more chapters to write to finish the draft. It’s time to build up to the exciting climax, and of course the hook to bring you back for the next installment.

I haven’t given book 3 a title yet, but it will come. Right now, I’m using the working title of ‘Consortia,’ but I very much doubt I will use that. Working diligently, writing up a storm, I hope to have it out by early summer.

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