What happens when #Amazon incorrectly price matches your book?


 

If you’ve ever wondered what happens when Amazon screws up a price match, here’s a cautionary tale. I learned a few things:

1. It’s important to have a distinctive title.

2. It’s important to ensure the authors’ names are not similar (especially if the titles are).

3. It’s important to remember that Barnes & Noble is sloppy.

In April, I released A Way Home, the third book in my gay Amish series. Several days after release, a friend mentioned that I was shooting up the $0.99 chart at Amazon.

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That would have been great if I’d priced my book at $0.99, but it was $4.99. Except it suddenly wasn’t. All I could do was email Amazon, since there is no phone or live chat support (which really needs to change). About twelve hours later I received a response.

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No, sadly you did not solve my problem, because Saturday was five days away.

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I also learned not to take KDP support’s first answer when they tell you they need time to look into a problem and will get back to you within the week. You must persist to have your issue solved quickly. Now, I realize the KDP staff are busy, and I appreciate their hard work. But I had not changed my price, it was release week, and this is my living. It stood to reason that if the book had been price matched, they should and would be able to tell me that immediately. I triple checked all the other listings, and it was $4.99 everywhere.

After a largely sleepless night, I was checking other sellers again when my eye caught the name “Rebecca” in the URL for the Barnes & Noble listing. I peered closer, and saw that my URL said:

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Er, what? I searched for Rebecca Andrews’s book, and guess what? It’s — wait for it — $0.99.

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I realized Amazon’s bots had gotten confused thanks to B&N’s sloppiness. I immediately contacted Amazon again, and by noon they’d returned the price to normal. I was very relieved, needless to say. Several friends sweetly wondered how Amazon would repay me for the loss in royalties, but I knew it wasn’t going to happen, since their bottom line is: “Please note that we retain discretion to determine our retail prices.” So even if it’s their mistake, too bad, authors.

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It is what it is, and we don’t really have a choice unless we don’t want to sell our books on the biggest worldwide platform.

When I pressed them as to why this had happened since my book was never priced anywhere at $0.99, they told me they’d had a system problem that led to automatic price matching without human approval, and the rep was very apologetic. I hope it’s been fixed now, but in the future I’m still going to do my best to create titles that are unique. I knew “A Way Home” wasn’t sparklingly original, but I hadn’t even thought to look at the names of the authors with similar titles. I certainly will in the future! I’ll also be checking my B&N URLs carefully.

The same thing happened the next week on Amazon UK with the price dropping to 99p, and again I was told they’d need days to look into it. But when I responded again saying that wasn’t acceptable since this was clearly an error, they changed the price back that day, and said it wouldn’t happen again.

It likely wasn’t a bad thing in the end to do a brief sale at $0.99, but in the future I’d like it to be my choice when I change the price on my books. It’s much less stressful that way!

p.s. I have to give a shoutout to Draft2Digital, who were quick to respond to my email about the B&N cockup, and worked to have it fixed quickly on the B&N site. Great service!

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WWII novel is an “incredible historical male on male romance” #gay #amreading


 

semper-fi-web-200x300 Forget the Classics–I Read Romance recommends this gay WWII romance:

Jim is an incredibly sweet character and watching him struggle between his feelings for Cal and the opinions of society was both beautiful and heartbreaking. To me it felt like these two were made for each other, they completed one another and it was a natural progression from friends to lovers…

This is an incredible historical male on male romance and I would recommend it to anyone, whether you’re a fan of this sub-genre or not. Also a final thought you should check out the other works by this author, as they are all amazing.

 

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Gay Amish romance: “This trilogy has been one hell of a ride” #lgbt #erotica


 

Gay Amish romanceI’m With Geek recommends A Way Home, the end of the gay Amish romance trilogy:

With Isaac and David forced to reconcile their past, A Way Home ultimately looks to the future, and once again demonstrates Andrews’ skill at crafting multi-layered complex characters and riveting narrative journeys…

With this presumably being our last visit to these characters, Andrews gives them all, including the supporting characters, a respectful and well-crafted ending, but leaves the story open enough for a potential return to Zebulon or San Francisco in the future. If this is the end, this trilogy has been one hell of a ride: emotional and sexy, tragic and hopeful, and enough twists and turns to keep the reader turning the pages until the final moment.

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Gay Amish romance trilogy has “the perfect ending”


 

Gay Amish romanceBoys in Our Books recommends A Way Home, the end of the gay Amish romance trilogy:

I have grown SO attached to David & Isaac. They have a special place in and pull on my heart. I love these men. I want so badly for their ending to be OVER THE MOON happy. I want life to be PERFECT for them. Because they’re good good people…

I felt cared for while reading it. I felt assured that David & Isaac would find “a way home”. And it was the perfect ending for them. Even the slightly too-good-to-be-true epilogue worked for me. It’s what I wanted for the boys all along.

So, I’m happy…so very happy. And I’ll miss them…so very much. And I’ll read every word Keira Andrews writes…

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Gay fairy tale is “slightly dark, highly erotic (and romantic)”


 

Gay fairy tale RISE

What happens when Jack meets a sexy man atop that beanstalk?

Keysmash recommends gay fairy tale Rise:

This is a slightly dark, highly erotic (and romantic) take on Jack and the Beanstalk.

I’m not terribly familiar with the original story (of course I know of the magic beans and fee fi fo fum), so I can’t say exactly how much is altered. The beanstalk is a permanent fixture in Jack’s town, and instead of him losing his cow to a trade, she’s stolen from him by his mother…

 

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This romance between two Amish men is a must read!


 

Gay Amish romanceNautical Star Books recommends A Way Home, the end of the gay Amish romance trilogy:

I just cannot say enough good things about this story and I was both smiling and crying by the end of it.  Isaac and David talk out their problems.  They talk about the future and the kind of home they want to build together.  It isn’t going to happen tomorrow.  They realize that it will take time…but they have a plan and a promise to one another to keep the lines of communication open…

A Way Home is a must read…in fact you should grab book one and start the whole series right now!  But, grab the tissues and clear your schedule because you will not want to stop half way through the story!

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Adventures in #Amazon algorithms part three: erotic romance in the Christian category


 

I’ve previously posted here and here about the challenges of publishing gay Amish romance on Amazon without being put in the Christian/inspirational categories, even though I pointedly do not choose these categories or keywords.

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Okay, it’s not that bad, but dealing with loopholes in Amazon’s system is an exercise in frustration for me and the service reps. After I uploaded  A Way Home, the third book in my gay Amish romance series, earlier this week, I immediately emailed KDP support to have the Christian categories removed. As usual, they were very quick to reply, which is one of the great things about Amazon — they are very responsive.

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More than a week later, I’m still rocking the Christian Books & Bibles category, inspirational romance, aaannnd gay erotica:

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One of these things is not like the others. But it’s the others that don’t belong. Last time it took weeks for Amazon’s tech teams to be able to override the system. I feel bad having to bug them about this, but I hate having misleading categories on my books. Ah, the mysteries of Amazon. I shall continue to battle the beast…

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So many real, raw emotions in gay Amish romance


 

Gay Amish romanceBoy Meets Boy Reviews rave about A Way Home, the end of the gay Amish romance trilogy:

And that…is what I love so much about Isaac and David. They’re so good… But it’s not fake or forced, because of their background and their families, it only makes sense that this is who they are. They’re not stereotypical perfectly perfect characters. They make mistakes and mess up (book 2, anyone?), but they know how to be gracious and humble. I simply adore them.

I had so many real, raw emotions while reading A Way Home. These boys have struck a chord with me and I’ll be sure to revisit them.

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Give to an LGBTQ cause and win free books! #bethechange #pushback


 

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I’m thrilled to be part of this initiative to support LGBTQ charities! Here’s what it’s all about:

224 authors, review bloggers, and publishers have got together to offer something wonderful: a reward for people who do a little bit to give back to charity. Instead of spending $5 on a book in the next two weeks, give that $5 to an LGBT charity of your choice, tell us about it in the comments, and go into the draw to win a book from one of our participating donors. And because it’s not all about money, if you can’t make a donation then please take a moment to share a charity’s links and tell us about that instead.

Three fundraisers have been set up to counter the hateful effects of Indiana’s SB 101. #Pizza4Equality is aiming to match the money raised by *that* pizza parlor, with all donations going to Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund. Another fundraiser is aiming to raise $100,000 for Indiana Youth Group. Finally, Planting Peace is trying to raise $100,000 to provide beds for homeless LGBT people.

Please consider giving to one of these deserving fundraisers, or any other LGBT charity anywhere in the world. We’re not telling you where you should donate your time and money, only asking that you do. The smallest things can make the biggest difference, and together, we can do something incredible.

The Rafflecopter entry is here (at the bottom of the post). Give to charity and enter to win some awesome books!

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Gay Jack & the Beanstalk is “everything you’d expect a fairy tale to be: magical, mystical, romantic”


 

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What happens when Jack meets a sexy man atop that beanstalk?

4.5 stars for gay fairy tale Rise from The Novel Approach:

[T]hough different in scope from the original, [it] still symbolizes the rise of a poor man from his lowly state. This time, however, Jack and his “giant” become all the richer for having found the love of a lifetime.

[T]he authors pull out all the stops in the romance, playing on our emotions and our hopes for that aforementioned happy ending despite what seems to be poor odds. Rise is everything you’d expect a fairy tale to be: magical, mystical, romantic, and it’s well written to boot. I was enchanted, start to finish…

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