Why Amazon Has Lost My Links

I’m sick of Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. There, I said it.

It’s not because I don’t make money there. I do. But they have this absolutely awful return policy which, in my mind, is so easily exploitable that I’ve changed all my website links to point to my titles at Kobo instead. The only exception to this is my title, Doubled, which is currently in the KDP Select program through September.

Now I get the whole “customer is always right” deal, I do. But people will buy titles and return them, and there is no feedback. Is there a problem with my formatting? Did they just not like it? Are they pirating my work, then returning to get their money back? I get zero feedback about returns, and so if there is a physical problem, I can’t know if I need to fix it! I want my customers to be happy (in fact, more than happy, if you catch my drift), but how am I supposed to fulfill that if I don’t know what the problem is? Or even if there’s a problem on my end at all?

Amazon obviously doesn’t give a crap about indie publishers, even though there are hundreds of us at the tops of the rating charts. We are making them no small amount of money, but the little guys apparently don’t matter. They seriously need to revise their return policy to something beneficial to both customers and content providers.

Until then, I’ll be happily selling way more at Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, iTunes, Rainbow eBooks, and other distributors.

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My Interview & Reviews on BDSM Book Reviews + 3 Chances to Win!

I was recently interviewed on BDSM Book Reviews! If you leave a comment, you’ll be entered to win one of three prizes, a free ebook copy of my title, Begging For A Spanking. By the way, it has a sequel entitled Spanking on the Subway.

Please click here to read the interview and enter!

My titles, Begging For a Spanking and Back Alley Slut, were also recently reviewed and you can read them here and here, respectively.

❤ LL

FREE on Amazon: DOUBLED, An Erotic Scifi Novelette! July 11-15

Doubled

UPDATE: 7/12/12: DOUBLED is in the top 100 in Kindle Erotica and top 1000 in free downloads… in less than 24 hours!! I literally just cried. Can we make it top 50? Top 20? Dare I say, top 10? I’m utterly confident!

I’m very pleased to announce that from Wednesday, July 11 through Sunday the 15, I’ll be offering DOUBLED for FREE on Amazon! This smoking-hot erotica novelette won’t cool you off this summer, but I think you’ll love it just the same!

Dr. Rachelle is a beautiful ex-model now working on top-secret government technology. After observing cloned lab animals recognize each other, a crazy idea strikes her: if she were the first to clone a human, she’d go down in the history books! Visions of money and power dance in her head, but she can’t deny that in the back of her mind, she’s always secretly wanted to be with another woman. What will happen when she first sees her clone and finds that she is far more dominant than the original? And will Rachelle’s boyfriend, Paul, enjoy this intriguing turn of events just as much?

This 12,183-word erotic novelette is intended for adults only. It contains first-time lesbian sex, fisting, squirting, oral sex, anal, cock-sucking, bisexuality, BDSM, bondage, threesome sex, menage, and more! Not for the closed-minded!

Read a steamy excerpt here!

From the author:

I’d had the plot for this novelette in mind for quite some time, actually. I keep a running file of ideas which I add to as inspiration strikes, as it usually does at random moments such as in the shower, or half-asleep in bed. I thought: how sexy would it be if this gorgeous, intelligent woman had the ability and drive to make a fully formed clone of herself, and the wild possibilities that would open up? Now, I know current technology doesn’t work this way, but hey, it’s science fiction.

So we have beautiful Dr. Rachelle, a workaholic who barely has time for her boyfriend, let alone exploring her curiosity regarding her sexual feelings for women. But here comes this fantastic opportunity to take a plunge into the unknown, possibly paving the way to untold fame and riches due to her discovery.

I don’t think that money is the first thing on her mind when she sees the gorgeous naked woman step out of the cloning machine, though. Her clone, Lily, also seems to have other things on her mind, and unlike shy Rachelle, isn’t afraid to take what she wants!

As for Paul, Rachelle’s boyfriend — well, what guy wouldn’t love to be greeted with two beautiful women without the slightest possibility of jealousy?

I’m very excited about my debut into Amazon’s Select program with the release of my first novelette, Doubled. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it!

By the way, the cover art was done by the amazing Ms. Zara Black, a fellow erotica author and friend. Her rates are very reasonable, and you can check out her other design work here.

❤ LL