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A heads up to fellow #writers out there, regardless of genre.

You might have heard about #CopyPasteCris. Something that's come to light, or rather been finally spotlighted after some readers & others raised hell that we all need to be aware of AND ACT ON. shilohwalker.com/website/2019/0…
Scammers are buying proliferating on the #KindleUnlimited platform which hurts all authors whether they use @AmazonKDP or not, whether you're traditionally published, with a small press or go the indie route.
These people are literally SELLING & RESELLING manuscripts & copyright only to repackage, recover & release as a brand new book under another author's name (with a shiny, new fake copyright, too). This is deceptive as hell. @AmazonKDP @Amazonhelp has been notified to no avail.
They buy books by the series & switch them out with no disclosure, misleading readers. Someone pointed out these people could be violating @FTC regulations. AND @AmazonKDP
DOES NOTHING.

shilohwalker.com/website/2019/0…
This mostly happens in romance but scammers never stop with one stick. This practice is devaluing genre writing & writing as a whole by people who sees books as nothing more than assets & care nothing abt deceiving readers on the @AmazonKDP #KindleUnlimited platform.
It's getting harder all the time to make it as a writer, even on the side. People give up all the time.

In a few years, will there be more regurgitated material from scammers than real fiction?

Who knows, but newer writers, midlist & indie authors are definitely in dire straits
I talk about this more at the blog
shilohwalker.com/website/2019/0…

I'm asking my fellow writers to speak out. I'm not just talking #rwa members, but #sfwa, #authorsguild, #thrillerwriters.

Contact your writing organizations. If they have an industry voice, ask them to use it.
Amazon is a giant but we provide the works they sell.

Without us, readers would have no use for their @AmazonKindle.
And this is just more of the same. A website with a forum section DEVOTED to buying/selling used up manuscripts to regurgitate & flood the market, drowning out legit authors.



#KindleUnlimited #WritingCommunity #amwriting #books
Another look at the mess, and a trip down the rabbit. shilohwalker.com/website/2019/0…
Have you been reading my blog & following the #HotTakes about #KindleUnlimited's scamming problem?

BEHOLD... I have some information. I don't have time to post to my blog today, but I'll get to it. For now.
GO HERE!

ftccomplaintassistant.gov/Information#cr…

The recommendations were OTHER, then BOOKS AND MAGAZINES, then OTHER/Not Applicable, then SKIP THE NEXT AREA, then... you have an area to fill in. Fill in what you can. There will be an area for you to give detailed info.
(I spent some time chatting with a lovely rep and she directed me to this section. I think we should try this. A LOT OF US.)

FYI readers are affected, IMO, because of false advertisement...being led to think a book is new when it's been repackaged/resold (see posts at my blog,
like my trip down the rabbit hole detailing a book that was pubbed FOUR TIMES in under 30 MONTHS.) There's never disclosure. You can also try reporting these to @Amazonhelp @amazon for lack of quality/etc as there is no disclosure. There have been reports made no action thus far.
This makes it valid as a complaint to the FTC, in my understanding by the FTC act itself, specifically:

ftc.gov/enforcement/st…

Specifically:
The Federal Trade Commission Act is the primary statute of the Commission. Under this Act, as amended, the Commission is empowered
among other things, to (a) prevent unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce; (b) seek monetary redress and other relief for conduct injurious to consumers; #kindleunlimted #scammergate
(c) prescribe rules defining with specificity acts or practices that are unfair or deceptive, and establishing requirements designed to prevent such acts or practices;
#kindleunlimted #scammergate
What else *IS* it for scammers to repackage and resell as new the same book over and over but a scam?

Scams are something the @FTC monitors, so... absolutely, we should report this... there's the READER aspect. #kindleunlimted #scammergate
But there is another aspect. The @FTC also protects *commerce*.

That's business, right? And writers participate in the business that is @Amazon whether it's through traditionally published ebooks, self-published ebooks, or small press ebooks.
@AmazonKindle exists because *writers* supply a product *readers* want.

#Scammers are interfering & negatively affecting matters via unfair & deceptive practices when they use click-farms, when they pay for reviews and when they REPACKAGE & SELL USED UP MANUSCRIPTS AS NEW
@FTC
@FTC has regulations AGAINST just that.

FTC Act is the primary statute of the Commission. Under this, as amended, the Commission is empowered, among other things, to (a) prevent unfair methods of competition & unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce;
It's a fricking insult to storycraft for hacks to come in and repackage a dried up story, publish it as new & claim to be an 'author' while drowning out talented voices with fresh *original* stories.

If you need examples, again... scroll up the thread of threads. I've got em
This is not just a 'romance' genre problem either. It's more obvious in our genre, but if it hasn't hit your radar yet... it's coming. And it's not just for those who self-publish, or those who use #KindleUnlimited.

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Especially since some scammers love to mis-classify their books... slapping their books in 'heist' or 'thriller' or 'military'... when it's just straight out romance
Get to work! These scammers are affecting us ALL because the higher up THEY go in the ebook listings, the less discoverability *legit* books have.

Big name sellers still shine through but this has affected writers as a who
@threadreaderapp unroll please

(always forget the app part)
*has affected writers as a whole*... what happened to that tweet there?

anyway, it's affect writers as a whole and we need to fight it as a whole.
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