As many of you who have read my Diary these past few days know, Amazon took down one of my books for an inappropriate cover. Below is what I emailed them in response: “The cover image is a face. That’s it. How is that in violation of your content guidelines?”
This morning I received the following response:
Thank you for your email concerning the status of your account.
Unfortunately, we need some more time to look into the matter. We are sorry for the delay and for any inconvenience it may cause you. We will be in touch within five business days.
Thank you for your patience.
So I kind of got excited. Surely when they review it they will see that the removal was an error, and generally just stupid.
A few hours ago I received the following follow-up email:
Thank you for your email regarding your title:
No, Daddy! I’m Not Mommy! (ID:7620473)
During our review process, we found that your title’s cover image is in violation of our content guidelines.
We ask that you replace your cover image with an image that is compliant with our content guidelines.
You can find our content guidelines on the KDP website: https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=A2TOZW0SV7IR1U
Upon changing your cover image, please re-submit your book for publishing.
We appreciate your understanding.
The exact same form letter they sent me yesterday. So I whipped together a new cover and sent it in:
This cover is, of course, way more provocative and generally just worse than the face one they had previously, so we’ll see what they say about it. Technically it doesn’t violate any rules, so…we’ll see. I’ll keep you updated.
“My goal is to be myself, and to challenge stereotypes, and to follow the rules, and break them, and make new rules. It’s not about doing something that’s already been done. That would be silly.”
– Sasha Grey