I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day. I know I did.
Have you heard about the problem with Amazon.com
It all stems from the age ol' issue of free speech. Authors have been giving reviews of other books and signing their reviews with the name of their book. Something like, "author of I Love Bananas." This has been a common practice for many years, from what I understand. Amazon has said that they are going to DELETE these reviews. All of them! If you add the book link (that they supply) and directed it to your own book title's Amazon page, it will be deleted. And from what I understand you could face suspension. Authors have always used this in their signature line. Their book title and a link. What is wrong with that? From what I understand, publishers tell you to do this. Amazon will not notify the author, they will simply delete the review.
Amazon only allows a signature with your name. No links to, or mention of your books whatsoever in the review or signature line. This rule also applies to any comments you leave on a book review.
What say you authors out there in blogosphere? Some of us are prepublished, but we'll be published and will have to deal with this. What happened to free speech? What is so wrong with signing with the title of your book? Isn't Amazon in the business of selling books? And the more books sold, the better for the entire industry? What do y'all think about this? :)
Oh, and if you see my pic next to a comment, and I'm off my horse, don't be frightened, it's me. I know I look scary, but it was the best picture I could take. Waaaaa