Hi everyone, today’s post is a bit of a heavy one. First up, I’m not sick with the dreaded Covid19, but for certain, the panic and oversensitivity is having a HUGE affect on my life.
Hubby and I cannot get any groceries because of the idiotic panic buying. All we want is one pack of toilet roll, a bit of pasta (one of our staple meals), and that sort of thing, and the shelves are empty. We can’t even get lactofree milk right now.
And now Amazon has banned ads for my book FALLOUT … the ad has been approved and active since September 2019, and now–all of a sudden–it’s too controversial.
To say I’m fed up has got to be the understatement of the decade.
Everything seemed fine until I got this message from Amazon on Saturday …
The big joke? … I haven’t even submitted this ad since last year when it went live!
The next screenshot shows the advert that has been approved for the last six months, and you can see a charge on there that shows Amazon has been placing the ad, but … wait … as of March 7th, it is now banned.
Immediately, I raised a query with Amazon’s help department, and I got this message within a matter of hours …
I waited until Monday 9th and then asked again if somebody could, please, clarify the issue for me … as of now, I have heard nothing at all from them. Amazon seems to be ignoring me. So, all I can conclude is that they have banned the ad because it dares to meniont the V word … VIRUS!!!
Sorry, but this strikes me as nuts. This sort of panic and overreaction is far more dangerous than the actual disease.
Whatever the sudden turn around on Amazon’s side, I believe that they need to let adults be adults and make their own choices. Honestly, the world these days feels more censored than it was in Victorian times, and freedom of speech no longer exists for the vast majority.
The irony, of course, is that FALLOUT is about nanotechnology and a virus based on that. The book is set way in the future in a planet in outer space. So, it has nothing whatsoever to do with the current Covid19 outbreak. Furthermore, the flu kills many more people every year, but my ad and book were somehow acceptable back in September?
I’m throwing up my hands here … what, if anything, can we authors actually write about anymore?
Okay, rant over. But if any of my books suddenly disappear from sale, I wanted you all to know to why.
Thanks for bearing with me! 🙂
©Harmony Kent 2020